Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools’ Customs Around The World

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Americans aren’t the only ones making fools out of their friends today (Apr. 1).

April Fools’ Day is celebrated all over the world in wacky ways, proving no one is safe from a good ol’ prank.

In France, April Fools’ Day is known as “Poisson d’Avril” – or “Fish Of April” – a day when French kids secretly stick a paper fish on their friends’ backs, hoping they’ll discover it hours later.

French tourism expert Pauline Menage says it’s not uncommon for French professors to trick their students today by handing out false homework that’s difficult to resolve.

In India, according to tourism expert Sanjiv Vashist, metropolitan youngsters enjoy pulling innocent April Fools’ pranks.

They tell their friends that the principal or teacher wants to see them after school, only to find an empty classroom when they arrive.

In Portugal, reporters and news anchors get the last laugh on April Fools’ Day.

According to tourism pro Miguel Carvalho, TV stations and newspapers create fake news stories to dupe the public and reveal their prank – along with the real scoop – the following day.

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