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April Fools on the Folklife Today Podcast

An old Tarot card depicting a bagpipe player with a loose red gown that is falling off, a crow on his left shoulder, and leaves on his head.

This card from the Sola Busca Tarot Deck, probably created by Nicola di maestro Antonio (1448-1511) represents The Fool as a bagpipe player! [Public Domain Image.]

As you may have figured out, our previous post about having discovered the origin of all folklore everywhere was an April Fools’ Day practical joke.  If you followed the link to the podcast, you actually heard about the roots of the April Fools’ Day tradition.  This post is to set the record straight!

Episode six of the Folklife Today Podcast is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on iTunes, or with your usual podcatcher.

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In this amusing episode, John Fenn and I explore the holiday of April Fools’ Day with the help of AFC staff. You’ll learn about the history of April Fools’ day along with the legends that accompany it. We discuss various tricks and pranks associated with the Fools’ day, specifically the pranks that students played on their teachers in the early 20th century. You’ll also hear a traditional Irish ballad associated with April Fools’ Day. Most of that material was taken from this previous blog post over at Folklife Today.

There’s one segment in the podcast that we’ve not yet blogged about here: Jennifer Cutting tells us about the intricate April Fools’ pranks AFC staff play on each other at the Library!  That’s an angle you can only hear about in the podcast, so head on over and listen!

One Comment

  1. Joe Hickerson
    April 12, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Great episode! BTW, in the 1960s the FWP folklore and living history collections were housed in the Folk Archive in 19 heavy legal-sized file cabinets piled high to the ceiling (due to crowded space). As the new kid on the block I was always called upon to clamber up a ladder and retrieve the top-most files (and lived to tell the tale). And thanks for mentioning my old friend and colleague, Gerry Parsons, and the illusive Otto Wildwood!

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