Apr 1, 2006

The day formerly known as New Year's

One theory says:
"April Fools' Day dates back to the 16th century when the first day of the calendar year was moved from April 1st to January 1st. Without the benefit of mass communication the news was slow to spread, yet those still celebrating the new year in April were thought to be a few apples short of a bushel. And so began the tradition of practical jokes and general tomfoolery on April 1st".
Starting the New Year on April 1st makes much more sense than January! April's the second month of spring, all is green, budding up and out, little lambs are popping out of their mommas, and ...well, you get the picture. In short, April marks a NEW start for the Northern Hemisphere. January, on the other hand, is right smack in the dead of winter and "new" is just plain inapposite.

Oh, well, what's done is done. Methinks mankind is up for a calendric change, therefore I propose we switch the first day of the week to Thursday instead of Monday. Imagine how many songs involving "Monday blues" will become irrelevant. Hee-hee [wicked laugh].