viernes, 1 de abril de 2011

April Fools' Day

Today is the first of April. On this day, it is traditional for people in English-speaking countries to "fool" others in a funny way (you know you have been fooled when you hear "Gotcha!!!" behind your back).

Our school's English Department is no exception, so we have played a trick on you. Can't you guess what it was? You will know all about it next Monday.

Meanwhile, you can check out these links with information about the history of this peculiar tradition:


Some quotes about fools:

  • It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. --Mark Twain
  • However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him. -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
  • [Politicians] never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. -- Thomas Reed
  • He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer
  • Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. -- Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Looking foolish does the spirit good. -- John Updike
  • Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. -- Mark Twain
  • A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -- William Blake
  • A fool must now and then be right by chance. -- Cowper
  • It is better to be a fool than to be dead. -- Stevenson
  • The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain

April's Fools' Day is similar to our Día de los inocentes. I'd like to read any joke or trick they played on you -or you played on someone else- that you may want to post as a comment (like when they told me I had won a beauty contest !!!)

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