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Got Any Pranks Planned For April Fool's Day, Newtown?

Your IT department would probably not approve of this office prank involving herbs. Photo Credit: wetwebwork Flickr
In this 1936 prank, MIT students hoisted someone's car. Photo Credit: Richard Flickr
Here are cut-out fish, if you want to have an Italian April Fool's Day. Photo Credit: Ann Wuyts Flickr
Here's a prankish warning sign in a more high-tech workplace. Photo Credit: AKX_ Flickr1, mildly censored

April Fool's Day has been celebrated around the world for centuries, marked by individual pranks, business hoaxes and other types of hijinks, depending on what part of the globe you inhabit.

In Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, a traditional prank is trying to stick a paper fish without getting caught.

Wikipedia recounts that "in Ireland it was traditional to entrust the victim with an 'important letter' to be given to a named person. That person would then ask the victim to take it to someone else, and so on. The letter, when finally opened, contained the words 'send the fool further.'"

Scotland has a similar tradition, and a fool there is known as a "gowk" – Scots for a foolish person.

In Poland, people throw flour at each other, the Telegraph noted.

Feel free to share your personal April Fool's traditions or favorite one-time pranks in our comments section.

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