April sunshine send geese confusing message

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Good morning Longbranch. Welcome to another bright sunny day with a clear sky ahead of us. It will hit a high of 91 degrees today. So stay indoors and turn on the AC and avoid a heat stoke. This unseasonably hot temperatures are sending our feathered friends a confusing message. They are packing their bags thinking they may have gone too far south…

Wait. Is today April 1st?

It must be because I’m feeling merry for spring is upon us. But why all the pranks? Well, here are a couple of theories I found:

This first theory I found at http://news.discovery.com/history/origins-of-april-fools-day-20130401.htm:

“The most common theory about the earliest April Fools’ celebrations goes like this: In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull decreeing a new standard calendar for Christian Europe that would take his name and centuries later become the standard internationally in the 21st century.

Prior to the 15th century, Europe’s nations and city states operated using the Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar moved the date of the new year from April 1 to January 1, among other changes. Catholic monarchies were naturally its earliest adopters, though Protestant nations later followed suit.

Given the nature of the reform, both in terms of communicating such a fundamental change to a large population and dealing with critics of the new calendar, some Europeans continued to celebrate the new year between March 25 and April 1. April fools were those who still celebrated the holiday in the spring, and were the subject of pranks and ridicule by those who observed the new year months ago.”

This does not however account for the pranks and merriment associated with April 1. Urbanlegends.com says that perhaps it was another ancient holiday that started it all.

“The Romans, for example, celebrated a festival on March 25 called Hilaria, marking the occasion with masquerades and ‘general good cheer.'”

So  there you have it. There is after all a prankster in all of us.

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