Tuesday, March 28, 2023

April Fools' Day Might Be The World's Longest-Running Joke

April Fools' Day Might Be The World's Longest-Running Joke & No One Knows How It Began

April 1, 20225:00 AM ET

Ever wonder where April Fools' Day came from? Well, surprise! The joke's on you. Nobody seems to know its true origins.

Historians do have some clues, though.

For one thing, we do know that April Fools' Day customs date back to at least Renaissance Europe, but it's likely the tradition originated long before then.

Some historians have linked April Fools' Day to the ancient Roman festival of "Hilaria," where at the end of March, people would come together to commemorate the resurrection of the god Attis. It was a celebration of renewal in which revelers would dress up in disguises and imitate others.

It's also possible that the medieval celebration of the Feast of Fools, where a mock bishop or pope was elected and church customs were parodied, could have inspired the day.

Some gullible "fish" might also explain the tradition

Other historians believe April Fools' Day has its origins in the 16th century, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

The Julian calendar began in March with the spring equinox and was celebrated until April 1. By switching to the Gregorian calendar, the new year would now begin on Jan. 1.

News traveled slowly back then, and not everyone knew about or was willing to change when to celebrate the new year. Those who continued to celebrate in the spring were often ridiculed and made the butt of jokes.

Some pranks included having a paper fish placed on a person's back as they were called "poisson d'avril," or "April fish."

One of the first known references to this term, "poisson d'avril," is found in a 1508 poem written by Eloy d'Amerval. The phrase itself doesn't necessarily mean there was a holiday on April 1, but the idea of the "April fish" is that fish were more plentiful in the spring and thus easier to catch. In other words, an "April fish" was more gullible than fish caught in other seasons.

In 1561, an early, clear-cut reference to April Fools' Day appears in a Flemish poem written by Eduard de Dene. In the poem, a nobleman sends his servant out on a series of wild errands. The servant eventually realizes that these are "fool's errands" because the date is April 1.

Scholars say one of the first mentions of an April Fools' Day in English appears in John Aubrey's 1686 book Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme, which reads, in part: "We observe it on the first of April. And so, it is kept in Germany everywhere."

Even in 1760 there was speculation as to the origins of the holiday, with a line in Poor Robin's Almanac reading:

"The First of April some do say. Is set apart for all Fool's Day. But why the people call it so. Nor I nor they themselves do know"

The media has been in on the joke for years

The tradition has evolved over the years with modern forms of media upping the ante on pranks and tricks. Newspapers, radio, TV stations and websites have all participated in the tradition, making April 1 a day where everyone truly needs to be on their guard. 

On April 1, 1905, for example, a German newspaper wrote that thieves had dug a tunnel underneath the U.S. Treasury and stolen $268 million in silver and gold.

One of the more famous pranks occurred in 1957, when the BBC aired a segment showing Swiss harvesters picking spaghetti off trees and bushes, claiming the region had had "an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop" that year.

NPR has gotten in on the fun too. In 1992, the show Talk of the Nation ran a hoax story in which Richard Nixon — played by Rich Little — announced he was running for president again with the slogan "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again."

On April 1, 2014, NPR published an article titled "Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?" The post sparked heated debate on social media — particularly among those who neglected to actually click on the link. Those who did were greeted with a challenge:

"Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools' Day! We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this 'story.'"

Although we may never know its true origins, April 1 has come to represent a day of joy and comedy as we move out of the darkness of winter and into the spring.

And no matter how you choose to celebrate the day, it's best to be wary of what you read and what you hear on April Fools' Day.

Except for this story, of course.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Top 3 Plants Against EMF Radiation

Top 3 Plants Against EMF Radiation

Studies have shown that plants, specific ones can absorb radiation in the environment like the EMFs we have around us. They can’t totally defend against EMFs they just mitigate it through absorption. They can help make your home look nicer while providing a healthier environment with less EMFs too. How do plants help with radiation? Plants act like an air filter. They naturally convert CO2(carbon dioxide) into clean oxygen just like new. There are also theories that some plants work to retain or filter radiation, leaving cleaner air around it as well. Live plants are effective to filtering out dangerous gases in the air like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air. With the EMFs you want to put them in between you and the devices that are emitting EMFs. So let’s get right into it now.

Cacti/Succulents to absorb EMF radiation

Cacti are one of the plants that can be used against EMF radiation. In fact NASA did a home study and discovered that 5 plants commonly planted at your common office or at home can greatly absorb EMF radiation from devices like cell phones, laptops, tablets, and computers and cactus was on that list. Cactus can be used for a vast amount of radioactivity and it’s not hard to maintain and grow since they do thrive in arid environments anyways. If your interested in growing cactus you can choose seeds or from a cutting off of the original cactus a significant part from the original plant. Use cactus-friendly soil, like the soil from deserts or arid areas. Put it in two inch deep soil and mist the soil, don’t flood it and put it in a bright area. Make sure only watering it twice per month not any more. Cacti plants like this one are great for indoor.

Sunflowers to absorb EMF radiation

Sunflowers have been tested and proved to be one of the best naturally absorbing of radiation. Tons of sunflowers have been planted all over heavily affected areas with radiation. At the Chernobyl site there are sunflowers planted to help clean the radiation and emissions from the area. Sunflowers are primarily an outdoor plant, but it can be planted indoors as well. To grow sunflowers space the seeds in shallow trenches with sandy soils. It can be several inches between each other in deep enough soil up to two inches. Water them regularly and they will sprout in about a week or so time. Make sure to put about 24 inches of space once you can see the second pair of leaves. It is best to buy these as sunflower seeds and then let them grow. Sunflowers only grow for one season.

Aloe Vera to absorb EMF radiation

Aloe Vera is one of the better plants that can absorb radiation or EMF emissions along with its medicinal value as a bonus. Just like all plants, it also helps clean and purify the air via photosynthesis absorbing CO2 while giving out clean oxygen simultaneously. Its actually not hard to grow along with being nice to be around. A great combining to make an excellent houseplant. Be aware of the water you give to this plant. Excess water can cause withering leaves or root rot that’s not a good thing. You want it to be around sunlight but not directly in it. Use small aloe vera plants for the windowsill because the large species can be very prickly.


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