April Fool's Day used to be New Year's Day. No, really!
Make a fool of yourself, a fool of your friends and, if you're a staid Canadian broadcaster, fool your trusting audience! Sheila Copps, David Suzuki and more all play a part in this parade of fools and pranksters. From edible budgies (gasp!) to the old spraying lapel flower, this trip down memory lane recalls the many ways to make, or to be, an April Fool.
• At the last moment, Newfoundland thought better of joining Canada on the scheduled first of April. Confederation is no joke! Instead they opted for the last seconds of March 31, 1949. The swearing-in and the celebration took place on April 2.
Program: Variety Tonight
Broadcast Date: April 1, 1981
Guest(s): Max Allen
Host: David Cole, Madeleine McLaughlin
Photo: National Archives PA-057794
Last updated: February 9, 2012
Page consulted on March 26, 2013
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