Online Search For April Fools’ Day

 

An online search for information about April Fools’ Day revealed theories about its origin, ideas for pranks and offers for e-cards to mark the occasion.

April Fools’ Day and New Year’s Day are linked in European history when, prior to the year 1582, the beginning of every new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25 and ending on April 1. With the adoption of a new Gregorian calendar in France under Charles IX, New Year’s Day was moved to January 1.  Without the benefit of broadcast news, cell phones and social media back in the 16th century, needless to say communication was very slow.  People “in the know” made fun of folks from the countryside and remote areas, who hadn’t heard about the switch.  They were called “fools” for continuing to celebrate the new year on April 1st.  Over time, it seems, the teasing grew into pranks.

Practical jokes on this day can be as simple as saying, “Your shoe is untied,” or as elaborate as news media running outrageous stories.  One of my favorite April Fools’ hoaxes I learned about during my online search was the story broadcast by BBC Radio in 1976 that at 9:47 am on the first of April, the alignment of the planet Pluto behind Jupiter was going to decrease gravity on Earth.  Listeners were told if they jumped in the air at that time, they would get a floating feeling.  Shortly after the specified time, members of the radio audience began calling in to report they felt the lower gravity sensation. One lady even claimed she and her friends rose from their seats and floated around the room!

April Fool’s Day e-cards found from an online search at PCH Search and Win range from phony “I’m Expecting!” announcements to notes asking, “Why Did You Miss My Birthday?”  Surely the messages on these cards would startle their recipients, if for only a moment, before big smiles started to break out.

That emotional transition – shock and disbelief turning into happiness – reminds me of the reaction we often get from sweepstakes prize winners when the PCH Prize Patrol shows up unannounced with a Big Check for the surprise of a lifetime.  Many sweepstakes winning moments have opened with shrill screams and gasps of “You’re kidding!” followed shortly thereafter by laughter and tears of joy.

Are you hoping for a sweepstakes winning moment of your own?   Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at pch.com, or with an online search at PCH Search and Win, or at any of the other play and win opportunities offered by PCH online.  YOU could be our next big sweepstakes prize winner – and that’s no April Fools’ joke!

Deborah Holland PCH
Good luck,

Deborah Holland

Executive Vice President

PCH Publishers Clearing House




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DeLayne Perry said...

Very cool… I like the BBC Radio in 1976. lol What imaginations! People believe all kinds of crazy things so why not believe in becoming a millionaire? I do and I will keep believing.

BTW… I already saw them this morning!… the Prize Patrol putting a magnetic sign on a van just down the street from my house! .. I’m so excited! April Fools…

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    Bruce Levitt said...

    Why does PCH bombard me with 1-3 emails every day for over 2 months. And I am sure this is true for everyone. There seems to be no way to contact them and no way to opt out of this either. I would never buy magazines from them for this reason.

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      PCH Customer Service said...

      Hi Bruce,

      Pch.com will send out numerous promotional e-mail entries which provide you additional opportunities to enter. Every time you process an entry your name is issued an extra SuperPrize Number. You are not obligated to enter all of the promotional e-mails sent.

      However, if you’d like to be unsubscribed from our email list, please send us a message on our Ask Us page at http://pch.custhelp.com/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask and let us know that you’d like to be unsubscribed. The emails will stop within 10 business days from the date that you are unsubscribed. Please note that an unsubscribe is permanent, so you would not be able to join our email list again at a later date (if you wish to do so).

      Hope this helps!
      Rebecca @ PCH

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Linda McMaster said...

My husband was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. He almosed died as the result of the surgery and is now left with permanent disabilities. I am sixty five and cannot quit my job because I can’t afford to. Two weeks ago I was the victim of a cruel hoax. I received a call that I won $1.2 million dollars from publishers clearing house. For a few minutes, I was elated by the fact that I would be able to quit and spend time with my husband. I then researched your site and found that you never make calls. I didn’t lose anything but my dream, however others may. This message should be shared to protect the innocent. I will continue my relationship with Publishers Clearing House in the hope that I may get lucky one day and be able to retire

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Thanks Linda, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

    I hope you reported the incident! At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify our winners by email, regular postal mail or by telephone. All prize winners of $500.00 or more would be notified by registered mail and all winners of $10,000 or more would be notified in person by our famous Prize Patrol.

    We want you to know at PCH it is never necessary to pay any money to enter, win or collect one of our prizes. At Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free! A legitimate sweepstakes will NEVER ask you to send or wire money to enter a sweepstakes, claim a prize or to pay a fee, tax or deposit of any kind. If you are asked to send money to claim a sweepstakes prize for any reason, you are being scammed. If you receive a check and are asked to send money back – you are being scammed.

    At Publishers Clearing House, we treat the fraudulent use of our name seriously. We keep track of these incidents and work closely with the law enforcement and consumer protection community to share this information. We recommend that you also report this incident to the National Fraud Center at http://www.fraud.org

    Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, may contact us immediately at our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 and anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email using our name and logo, may forward it to our fraud reporting mailbox, abuse@pch.com. We also encourage consumers to visit the Consumer Affairs section on our website at info.pch.com, where there is more valuable information on how to protect oneself and avoid falling victim to sweepstakes scams.

    Stay safe and best of luck in the sweepstakes!
    Jodi @ PCH

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Allen Choy said...

This is a very interesting history lesson on April Fools Day. I had no idea it was about France changing the Calendar from March 25th to April 1st New Years celebration. Strange to have a week long celebration of the New Year and then to change it so far ahead to January. Weird but interesting.

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Nancy Sexton said...

No foolin’???? For REAL????

Ha! For a moment there I thought ALL this PCH sweeps stuff was just a “front”! A set-up!!

April fool’s!!

God bless PCH!!

NKS

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ANNAH WILLIE said...

PCH IT’S MY FEAR THAT I WILL LOSE BY DEFALT BECAUSE MY COMPUTOR CUTS OUT SOMETIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF FILLING OUT MY ENTRYS AND THEN I CANT FIND THEM AGAIN SO WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THAT ? YOUR FRIEND

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Annah,

    Sorry to hear of the problem you’re encountering. You may wish to get in touch with a computer technician in your area to help resolve any issues with your computer.

    If you’re unable to locate the entry that you were completing, you may enter our sweepstakes simply by visiting http://www.pch.com and clicking on the “Begin” button. You’ll be able to enter many different giveaways on the site.

    Good luck!
    Rebecca @ PCH

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ANNAH WILLIE said...

HI I AM NOT A GRATE BIG FAN OF APRIL FOOLS DAY NOR A FAN OF HALLOWEEN BECAUSE I DONT LIKE TRICKS BUT IF I SHOULD HAPPEN TO WIN IT WILL CHANGE ALL ASPECKS OF THOES DAYS YOUR FRIEND

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Marilyn Hadey said...

Hello Deborah Holland, how are we doing today? I hope that I (Marilyn Joan Hadey) am playing this the right way. (PCH SWEEPSTAKES). I am trying and I guess that is all I can do just like everyone else is . TRYING……. Can you tell Danielle Lam That I am saying HELLO. LIsten when I punch up my name (Marilyn Joan Hadey) why is it saying do you mean Marilyn Joan Hadley? That is not how my name is Spelled. It is (MARILYN JOAN HADEY). Can you please have them correct that. I would appriciate that. ThankYou your friend marilynh89

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Marilyn,

    Please note that the purpose of PCH Search & Win is to locate information – just use it how you would use any other search engine, like Google or Yahoo. If you search for something that is not commonly found throughout the internet, PCH Search & Win will not be able to bring up many results, so it will suggest something more common. In this case, you have searched for your own name – if your name is not a popular topic on the internet, the program will suggest another name that is a bit more commonly found.

    However, you do not need to search for your own name on PCH Search & Win. You can search for anything you like! Cooking recipes, pictures of animals, cars – it’s up to you. What you search for does not affect your entry in any way.

    Hope this helps!

    Regards,
    Rebecca @ PCH

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eillther said...

Hello
i am searching for that last chance of getting a job before its over.i have children here thats never been camping or to disney and yes i want to share that experiance with them /then i saw this add your comment and i am asking lucky machine to enter me to win now. maybe we’ll all split the jack pot huh.its not grand here with no income and i am a worker folks. it makes me so upset to know we are willing to work and no one will help us. also we cant even get unemployment.

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eillther said...

Hello
I am a fan of movies/radio/ i hope they continue forever.
do you know if one person wins the jackpot how many other people they could help wow maybe people would be able to afford medical needs, vacs/ start a business/ etc

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ruby archer said...

hi mr sayar and debra holland i wanted to win really bad but i know i don’t have a chance now,i won’t turn my grand kids away and my kids keep bringing them i guess i just as well quit trying,when i say i need help i really do,you both are very nice people and i was wishing i would meet you,i still will hope i get to meet you, your friend ruby archer

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ruby archer said...

i really am wanting to win i guess i can keep praying, i was hoping something good would happen before its to late, but i will just keep trying,hope to meet you. ruby archer

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Ruby Holston said...

I would love to win cause I have nothing would love to own my own house and car and help my grandskidsAnd my kids

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carolinejinks said...

I want to win the new linclon mks sedan 3726

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