"this is the children's own day, and no assumption of dignity on the part of their elders can deter them from exercising the privileges granted to them by acknowledged custom and precedent... 'april fool! april fool!' shout the children in the street, thus announcing the success of some practical joke...what does all this mean? why is the first day of april called 'all-fools day,' and when or where did the custom of the day originate? who can tell? no one seems to know. even the derivation of the word april does not appear to have been definitely settled, and this saucy month, with her mischievous tricks and pranks, her surprises and mysteries, fools and puzzles our wisest men."
- the girls original handy book by lina beard and adelia belle beard