Friday, April 1, 2011

Poisson d'Avril!

Did you know that the history of April Fool's day is thought to have come from the French who refer to this day as Poisson d'Avril. It's a long complicated story that has something to do with the reform of the French calendar in the 16th century. These days school children in France stick a paper fish on the backs of the unsuspecting 'fool' and declare them to be "Poisson d'Avril" I always noticed at the french brocantes you can find so many vintage postcards with pretty little girls holding big ugly fish - it's such an odd image - I used to wonder what it was all about!

3 comments:

AnnaVallance said...

Every year when I was still a schoolgirl my Mom would send me off to school on my birthday with the warning,' beware of the pesce d'aprile' which in Italy is the same prank as in France. It always made me feel special.

Pam said...

Wish this was a Cartograms!

Sell RS Gold said...

this is an amazing, beautiful, simple and heartfelt video of a great idea. I'm such a fan of your work! I'd take a bite of dessert off a tree any day.

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