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The History Of April Fool’s Day (Steve April 1779)

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Did you know that the reason April 1st is named Fool’s Day is after Steve April?

It is a truly remarkable story and one I had no idea about until today!

He was born on April 1st, 1779. As a child, he was considered a genius, learned to read and write at a young age; wrote opera librettos, music and poetry

He graduated with an economics degree from Yale when he was 19, but had no sense in business. So every year he created a new business on April 1st and is known to create over 50 businesses ranging from furniture stores to totally abstract stores.

But they all eventually went to bankruptcy, Steve April just kept borrowing and borrowing and eventually filed for bankruptcy on the 1st of April 1803(ironically)

Because of all of his misfortunes, he was then known as the king of fools.

He became desolated and a loner, but indulged in his real passion: reading.

He spent countless hours reading fake stories, just like you are doing now

 

Happy April’s fools day! 

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