Did you hear the latest news? A major New York publisher is distributing Kindles to all epubbed authors and asking them to promote a New York Bestselling author on their websites. Yep, I will take care of Roxanne St. Claire. I don't mind. She's been my favorite author for years. The world is turning upside down. Isn't that wonderful? So who would you take under your wing now?

Okay, so I am babbling. APRIL FOOL!!

Do you know how April Fool's Day originated? In sixteenth-century France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. It was celebrated in much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. The First April Fool's Day Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January first.

There were some people, however, who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April first. Others played tricks on them and called them "April fools." They sent them on a "fool's errand" or tried to make them believe that something false was true.

Poisson d'Avril In France today, April first is called "Poisson d'Avril." French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs. When the "young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d’Avril!" (April Fish!)

April Fool's Day in the USA Americans play little tricks on friends and strangers alike on the first of April. One common prank on April Fool's Day, or All Fool's Day, is pointing down to a friend's shoe and saying, "Your shoelace is untied." Teachers in the nineteenth century used to say to pupils, "Look! A flock of geese!" and point up. School children might tell a classmate that school has been canceled. Whatever the trick, if the innocent victim falls for the joke the prankster yells, "April Fool! "

April Fool's Day Jokes: The "fools' errands" we play on people are practical jokes. Putting salt in the sugar bowl for the next person is not a nice trick to play on a stranger. College students set their clocks an hour behind, so their roommates show up to the wrong class - or not at all. Some practical jokes are kept up the whole day before the victim realizes what day it is.
Most April Fool jokes are in good fun and not meant to harm anyone. The most clever April Fool joke is the one where everyone laughs, especially the person upon whom the joke is played.

When I was in college, my best friend and I told about fifty students that the dean summoned them to his office. They gasped, opened scared eyes and went pronto to meet him. The dean frowned at first, then laughed and finally told the last one to bring Mona and Vicky to his office. We stopped laughing for a few minutes when he asked: "Exactly what are you trying to do? You are expelled." When he saw our terified expressions, he burst out laughing and said: "April Fool!!"

What was the last April Fool you played on a friend? Can you share?

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Jillian Burton is an American pediatrician on an official mission to improve health care conditions in Belarus. A few years ago, she lost her son and her illusions about men, marriage and family, and she won’t risk being hurt again. Feeling guilty about her son’s death, she travels to third-world countries to cure and save children but she never allows herself to get emotionally attached to a child.

Fyodor’s mother presses him to marry a healthy woman who wants a big family and loves children. The last woman who fits the bill is Jillian, a woman who considers herself incapable of mothering a child, a doctor who can’t stop roaming the world.

When Fyodor and Jillian work together in Belarus, their cultures clash and their painful memories still hurt, but their attraction defies all odds. Can love overcome duty and guilt?

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  1. Tamara LeBlanc // April 1, 2011 at 7:53 AM  

    So that's where this fooly April day comes from!!
    Hmmm, very interesting.
    Thanks for the facts:)

  2. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM  

    Hi Tamara, are you ready for an April Fool?

  3. liana laverentz // April 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM  

    Good one, Mona! You're the first to get me today!

  4. Beth Trissel // April 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

    What a fascinating post, Mona. I had no idea where this holiday originated. I've learned a lot. And congrats on your new release!

  5. Maeve // April 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

    Mona - you are a rascal! You got me! I swallowed the bait - hook, line and sinker! :-)

  6. Lilly Gayle // April 1, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

    You got me! I rushed to your blog to see what Nora and Roxanne had to say. lol!

  7. P.L. Parker // April 1, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

    I once bought cake donuts, did a glaze of baking soda and then made coffee out of dark colored herbs and spices and took them to work - hee hee - one attorney grabbed up a donut, choked, grabbed his coffee, choked again . . .
    A note came over e-mail from the upper floor wanting the culprit to step forth - I never did. Hee hee.

  8. Christle Gray // April 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM  

    You got me, too! I'm SO an April Fool! Thanks for making me grin this early!

  9. Judy // April 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM  

    Interesting facts. But April 1st is a very special day for me. My father's birthday and my granddaughters birthday. Her name is Joslin "Josie" named after my father Charles Joslin. Cool, huh?

  10. Barbara Monajem // April 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

    You're the first one to get me, too.

    I remember Poisson d'Avril from when my daughter was in school in Montreal. LOL.

  11. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM  


    Laughing to my ears. I am not in college but I manage to have my April fool's laugh!!

    Waiting for Mama Mary to get here here running! LOL

  12. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

    Judy, Happy birthday to your father and granddaughter, Josie.

  13. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM  

    Yeah, Barbara! I laughed last night while writing this post and thought what if no one visit the blog. The idea of fakely inviting big names came while I was trying to sleep.

  14. Josie // April 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

    LOL! Very clever, Mona.
    I told my daughter when she woke up this AM that her doctor's appointment had been postponed and she missed school for nothing.
    April Fool! :)

  15. Mary Marvella // April 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

    Hon, you're a day late. That was yesterday. Loved the information though and I can imagine you fooling folks in college.

    The best April fool joke was one Mother Nature pulled by sending snow in Georgia on April 1st one year.

  16. Mary Marvella // April 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM  


  17. Keena Kincaid // April 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

    My best April Fool's prank was the "the entire team is pregnant" gag I played on my supervisor last year. He bought it, then got very, very worried about one young single woman on the team who wasn't even dating at that point. He was so sweet that I couldn't continue the joke all day like we (me and the team) had planned.

  18. Mary Ricksen // April 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

    Mona I loved this I had no idea!!!Great blog!

  19. Autumn Jordon // April 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM  

    LOL, Mona, you're a clip. LOL.
    I never knew that. Great post.

  20. Joyce Henderson // April 1, 2011 at 2:36 PM  

    All right. You got me too for a minute, Mona! LOL

  21. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM  

    Hi Josie, so I wasn't the only one with April Fool on my mind.

  22. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

    Mary, yes you got me, but I knew I posted last night. LOL

  23. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

    Keena, that's a good one.

  24. Mona Risk // April 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

    Yeah, Mary, Autumn, Joyce, I got you!!!LOL

  25. Mary Marvella // April 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

    Keep the stories coming, ladies! When I was teaching I wore a short wig to school. Most of the kids were upset and some teachers tried to say nice things bout the new do.

  26. Scarlet Pumpernickel // April 2, 2011 at 12:25 AM  

    Good one Mona, your likely to have people storming about with that rumor! What a lark. Enjoyed the info on April Fools.