April Fool’s Day in the Office?

April Fool's Day imageIt’s hard to believe, with the temperatures still low and snow on the ground, that April 1st is just around the corner.  For some, April 1st is just another day, while for others April 1st – April Fool’s Day – is a day full of fun with tricks, gags and jokes from morning to night. There are different opinions and statistics about the appropriateness of playing April Fool’s jokes in the office.  I leave that decision to you as you know your employees, the personalities and atmosphere in your group.  What I do know, is you can still have fun with the day even if you aren’t up to the tricks.  Have fun with this April Fool’s Trivia Quiz.  It can be done in the office with your employees, on your website or via social media.  Make it a contest, award prizes and have some light fun without worrying about offending anyone, whether it be staff or customers.

Question:  In which county did the tradition of playing tricks on April Fool’s Day originate?
Answer:  France
Question:  The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY opened on April Fool’s Day.  What was the year?
Answer:  1950
Question:  What daytime soap opera debuted on April Fool’s Day in 1953?
Answer:  General Hospital
Question:  On April Fool’s Day, in which three countries do children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other’s back as a trick and shout “April fish!”
Answer:  Italy, France and Belgium
Question:  What well-known company started in Chicago on April 1, 1891?
Answer:  Wrigley
Question:  What island was hit by a tsunami on April 1, 1946?
Answer:  Hawaii
Question:  What appliance first went on sale on April 1, 1989?
Answer:  Dishwasher
Question:  What historical treasure did Taco Bell claim they purchased on April 1, 1996?
 Answer:  The Liberty Bell
Question: Who made this statement.  “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
Answer:  Mark Twain
Question:  What is April 1st called in France?
Answer:  Poisson d’Avril


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