There are many different theories about the origin and history of April Fools Day. However, most of them are just theories. There is no real evidence to point to any single individual or event.
The 16th Century French Calendar
One theory is that it originated in France. In 1564, the government decided to move the New Year from March 31 to January 1. Whether it was by decree or just something the people thought of, jokes and pranks were concocted on those who refused to adjust or forgot the new date.
The most popular prank was to place paper fish on the rear of these folks. They were known as Poisson d’Avril (April Fish). The history of April Fools Day thus began in France, according to this theory.
Some researchers feel that its origins can be traced to the spring...
Also known as prevarication, lying refers to the act of deceiving other people by providing untruthful stories and statements. Lies are classified into 15 categories, which include dissembling, perjury, bluffing, fabrication as well as exaggeration. There are various reasons why do people lie. To know the reasons, it is important to explore the psychology of lying, which is very essential to learn the etiology and effects of prevarication.
Why do people lie? Many psychologists agree that lying can start from childhood. There are various reasons why children make false statements. They usually tell untruthful stories to cover up the mistakes that they have done in the past. Lying is also a way to avoid receiving punishments from parents. If parents fail to reprimand their children...
The fighting in the Gaza Strip are due to issues going back thousands of years. In order to understand the roots of the conflict some background information is necessary.
The Zionist Movement
In the 1880s the Jews scattered throughout Europe and America made known their desire to return to the Promised Land. Since they were expelled by the Romans, they had no land to call their own. The desire to reestablish themselves in Palestine was called the Zionist Movement.
After World War I, Britain announced it welcomed the idea of Jews settling in Palestine. However the Arabs residing in the area did not like it. They felt the land belonged to them. During and after World War I, many Jews migrated to Palestine. However the tension between them and the Arabs grew. So even before fighting in the...
A multi-talented individual who has shown the world great skills as a dancer, singer and comedian, Carol Burnett came to known as a writer. She was also a highly successful performer, with major appearances in the hit television program entitled “The Gary Moore Show” as well as lead roles in “The Carol Burnett Show,” which lasted for at least 10 long years. Here is a look back at her illustrious life and career including why Carol Burnett sued the tabloid National Enquirer.
The Reason Behind the Lawsuit
Why did Carol Burnett sue the National Enquirer? She filed a lawsuit against the tabloid for libel in 1981. During that very same year, the newspaper reportedly told how she got drunk in public. According to the report, she was sensitive about that particular issue because her parents...
Osama bin Laden follows a conservative form of Islam known as Wahhabi Islam. As part of his religious convictions, Osama believes that it is his sacred duty to hate non-Muslims. In his own words, “Every Muslim, from the moment they realize the distinction in their hearts, hates American, hates Jews, and hates Christians. This is a part of our belief and our religion.” Osama has also stated that “Killing Americans is the duty of any orthodox Muslim.”
This belief is derived from several passages in the Quran, include Sura 5; Verse 80, “Thou seest many of them making friends with those who disbelieve. Surely ill for them is that which they themselves send on before them: that Allah will be wroth with them and in the doom they will abide.”