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Pesce d'Aprile-April Fool's Day!

Pesce d'Aprile-April Fool's Day

April 1st is known as pesce d'Aprile in Italy! It's a day of practical jokes and plenty of silliness! Who knows really why a fish is part of this day and all of the funny hoaxes?

The traditional pesce d'Aprile joke consists of a kid attaching a fish cutout with tape to someone's back. The conversation then proceeds like this:

L'hai visto? - Have you seen him?


Chi?— Who?

Il pesce d'Aprile!- The April Fool


Then plenty of loud chuckling and belly-aching laughs ensue while the pesce d'Aprile tries to remove the fish cutout and tape it on another victim! Silly Italian humor that is quite irresistible!



There are plenty of terms including the word "pesce" in Italian. Here is a list of some of them from About:



  • buttarsi a pesce — to make a dive for, to begin an activity with enthusiasm

  • chi dorme non piglia pesce — the early bird catches the worm

  • i pesci grossi mangiano i piccini — the big fish eat the small fry

  • non sapere che pesci pigliare — to be at one's wits' end (or at a loss), not to know which way to turn

  • pesce grosso — bigwig, big shot

  • trattare a pesci in faccia — to mistreat, to humiliate

  • un pesce fuor d'acqua — a fish out of water

  • un pesce lesso — a boring person

So what are you waiting for?!? Even if you aren't in Italy, you could make a fish cutout and join in the pesce d'Aprile antics! Laughter is a great therapy;)




There are actually some jokes that have marked the history of this day in Italy. Here are some of them:



-The most ancient joke in Italy is that of the announcement made by Buoncompagno from Florence in the XIII century when he promised to fly over the town of Bologna with a machine he invented on April 1st. The whole population gathered to see the flight, which actually never took place as it was a trick.

-In March 1878 the Gazzetta d'Italia, an Italian newspaper, announced that people from Florence could have watched the cremation of an Indian mahraja but they never saw it as some people came out of a bush shouting "pesce d'aprile" exactly when the coming of the hearse was expected.

-In 1967 a leaflet from URFA, an office in charge of rescuing abandoned cats, announced that starting from that moment cats were banned from the town. Some people also started to abandon their cats.

-In 2001 the newspaper La Stampa announced that some complex forms of biological life, huge worms, existed on Mars and that they had left their traces on our planet.

In the same day the newspaper La Repubblica announced a Finnish experiment on telepathy. According to a non-existent scientist telepathy would have soon become a human mental faculty.

Italians like having fun and playing tricks on this day in which everything is accepted. Therefore, if you ever go to Italy on April 1st don't get surprised of hearing the famous motto of the day "pesce d'aprile" and being played a joke upon.

- See more at: http://www.lifeinitaly.com/culture/april-fools-day#sthash.hjsfGmij.dpuf




There are actually some jokes that have marked the history of this day in Italy. Here are some of them:



-The most ancient joke in Italy is that of the announcement made by Buoncompagno from Florence in the XIII century when he promised to fly over the town of Bologna with a machine he invented on April 1st. The whole population gathered to see the flight, which actually never took place as it was a trick.

-In March 1878 the Gazzetta d'Italia, an Italian newspaper, announced that people from Florence could have watched the cremation of an Indian mahraja but they never saw it as some people came out of a bush shouting "pesce d'aprile" exactly when the coming of the hearse was expected.

-In 1967 a leaflet from URFA, an office in charge of rescuing abandoned cats, announced that starting from that moment cats were banned from the town. Some people also started to abandon their cats.

-In 2001 the newspaper La Stampa announced that some complex forms of biological life, huge worms, existed on Mars and that they had left their traces on our planet.

In the same day the newspaper La Repubblica announced a Finnish experiment on telepathy. According to a non-existent scientist telepathy would have soon become a human mental faculty.

Italians like having fun and playing tricks on this day in which everything is accepted. Therefore, if you ever go to Italy on April 1st don't get surprised of hearing the famous motto of the day "pesce d'aprile" and being played a joke upon.

- See more at: http://www.lifeinitaly.com/culture/april-fools-day#sthash.hjsfGmij.dpuf




There are actually some jokes that have marked the history of this day in Italy. Here are some of them:



-The most ancient joke in Italy is that of the announcement made by Buoncompagno from Florence in the XIII century when he promised to fly over the town of Bologna with a machine he invented on April 1st. The whole population gathered to see the flight, which actually never took place as it was a trick.

-In March 1878 the Gazzetta d'Italia, an Italian newspaper, announced that people from Florence could have watched the cremation of an Indian mahraja but they never saw it as some people came out of a bush shouting "pesce d'aprile" exactly when the coming of the hearse was expected.

-In 1967 a leaflet from URFA, an office in charge of rescuing abandoned cats, announced that starting from that moment cats were banned from the town. Some people also started to abandon their cats.

-In 2001 the newspaper La Stampa announced that some complex forms of biological life, huge worms, existed on Mars and that they had left their traces on our planet.

In the same day the newspaper La Repubblica announced a Finnish experiment on telepathy. According to a non-existent scientist telepathy would have soon become a human mental faculty.

Italians like having fun and playing tricks on this day in which everything is accepted. Therefore, if you ever go to Italy on April 1st don't get surprised of hearing the famous motto of the day "pesce d'aprile" and being played a joke upon.

- See more at: http://www.lifeinitaly.com/culture/april-fools-day#sthash.hjsfGmij.dpuf




There are actually some jokes that have marked the history of this day in Italy. Here are some of them:



-The most ancient joke in Italy is that of the announcement made by Buoncompagno from Florence in the XIII century when he promised to fly over the town of Bologna with a machine he invented on April 1st. The whole population gathered to see the flight, which actually never took place as it was a trick.

-In March 1878 the Gazzetta d'Italia, an Italian newspaper, announced that people from Florence could have watched the cremation of an Indian mahraja but they never saw it as some people came out of a bush shouting "pesce d'aprile" exactly when the coming of the hearse was expected.

-In 1967 a leaflet from URFA, an office in charge of rescuing abandoned cats, announced that starting from that moment cats were banned from the town. Some people also started to abandon their cats.

-In 2001 the newspaper La Stampa announced that some complex forms of biological life, huge worms, existed on Mars and that they had left their traces on our planet.

In the same day the newspaper La Repubblica announced a Finnish experiment on telepathy. According to a non-existent scientist telepathy would have soon become a human mental faculty.

Italians like having fun and playing tricks on this day in which everything is accepted. Therefore, if you ever go to Italy on April 1st don't get surprised of hearing the famous motto of the day "pesce d'aprile" and being played a joke upon.

- See more at: http://www.lifeinitaly.com/culture/april-fools-day#sthash.hjsfGmij.dpuf

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