Wednesday, April 01, 2009

$0.02 (The Aprille Foole)

and a very happy birthday to my good buddy from Bensonhurst, Michele Torres!!
I'll be sure to ask her what it feels like to turn 18 ;)

As for found change: So far I've found two pretty banged up pennies- both at the local gas station where I filled up my gas guzzler.

I'm working on planting some mild mannered april fool pranks on the girls- so far one is ready to go :)

Since the day is not over and I am feeling optimistic about our impending grocery store trip, I won't be updating the total of the day BUT I will impart a little snippet from Wikipedia regarding this strange, non-legal holiday :)

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbours, or sending them on fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool".[1] Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day.

Origins: The origin of April Fools' Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced.[2] In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely. Another origin is that April 1 was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called "April Fools" and were taunted by their neighbors.[citation needed] In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the times of Noah. An English newspaper article published on April 13th, 1789 said that the day had its origins when he sent the raven off too early, before the waters had receded. He did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April.[3] A possible reference to April Fools' Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun's Priest's tale, a tale of two fools: Chanticleer and the fox, which took place on March 32nd.[4]

Update: found 12 additional cents- penny and dime at the grocery parking lot and another penny at the gym parking lot- 14 cents on a rainy April day. Yippee!!

Total today: $0.14
Total thus far: $84.39

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