Monday, April 02, 2012

April First : Palm Sunday

My blog, Books to Borrowers pulls together the books we have on display for Easter.  If you haven't checked out this blog, it's purpose is to post the resources of  older holdings we place on display throughout the year.  It is a listing more than a bibliography of the resources, although we do attempt to update items when we get in the mood.

And that's no April Fool.  As one student said to me today: "It's hard to feel like pranks on Palm Sunday."  Not that that has stopped anyone around here.
I found two sites with pranks you may not have seen yet. has posted the 10 top viral pranks.   The final one about the spaghetti tree is wonderful!
TED provided a wild post from  the group at ImprovEverywhere

I'm looking for the one from BBC for this year and it's good to remember this is an international holiday

a quick check of our books revealed two resources.   American Folklore: An Encyclopedia which contains a small article about the cultural significance of the unofficial holiday and Tsunami: Story of an April Fools' Day Disaster  which could be considered a cautionary tale about pranking, although no prank was involved in this tragic April 1

Finally, one commonality I observed today is the lack of cards and other paraphernalia around both "days."
Solemn or impish, they are both less about commercialism than about social observances of events centuries in the past.

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