April Fools’ Day

 The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. –Mark Twain

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Aaron Siskind, Martha’s Vineyard, 1939 (894.2000)

April Fools’ Day is celebrated as a prank day in many countries. In Italy, France, and Belgium children and adults traditionally paste paper fishes on each other’s backs as a trick and shout “April fish!” in their local language. But in Sweden, Denmark, and  Poland, it is also a day for jokes that has a  different name in each country.

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Alfred Eisenstaedt, Looking at the mouth of a big fish that daddy had just caught, Florida , 1956 (294.1989)

The First of April is a day full of jokes in Sweden too. When someone has been fooled in Sweden, to disclose that it was a joke, the fooler says the rhyme “april april din dumma sill, jag kan lura dig vart jag vill” (April, April, you stupid herring, I can fool you to wherever I want”).

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Weegee, [Replacing burned-out bulbs in the Wrigley Chewing Gum sign, New York], August 6, 1941 (2097.1993)


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About Francesca Teodori

I live in New York, but I studied Contemporary Art in Italy and I specialized in Photo Archiving and Cataloguing in Milan. I love photography. I contributed writing and publishing photos, to art magazines and daily newspapers.
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