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April Fools' Day: How did it start?

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By David Rind

Pacharada17/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Almost everyone has fallen victim to an April Fools’ Day joke. But why does this tomfoolery take place every year on April 1?

The origin of the holiday is a bit tricky.

Some historians trace back the impish tradition to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” in 1392. One of them, called “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” is a mock-heroic that emphasizes foolishness.

The tale is set on “March 32,” which could be a playful way of referring to April 1, thus marking a day to make someone feel like a nitwit. Other scholars think this may have been a misprint, and Chaucer simply meant the end of March.

A few historians think it dates back to the late 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar was the prominent calendar used by most of the world until the Gregorian calendar overtook it to become the standard.

April Fools’ Day – or All Fools’ Day as it was more commonly referred to back then – was reportedly a time to mock those who were a little slow to adapt to the calendar change. The start of the year in the newly adopted Gregorian calendar now fell on January 1, but the Julian calendar had it falling on the last week of March and ending on April 1. Those who were ridiculed for not knowing about the change were viewed as fools.

But that’s just one theory behind the gimmicky day. Another is that it falls near the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, which statistically has unpredictable weather, thus making many people look foolishly unprepared.

Even though the origins of the holiday are a bit elusive, it’s still a lighthearted time to plot a clever ruse against your friends or family.

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Child Abduction Emergency issued March 31 at 10:17PM CDT by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. THE BEXAR COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR GABRIELLA SANDERS, WHITE, FEMALE, 13 YEARS OLD, DATE OF BIRTH MAY 15TH 2003, 5 FEET 7 INCHES TALL, 155 POUNDS, BROWN HAIR, GREEN EYES, AND WEARING A BLUE SWEATSHIRT, CAMO SWEATPANTS, BLACK SHOES, AND GLASSES. POLICE …read more

Source:: GONZALES COUNTY WX ALERT

      

[Press Release] Governor Abbott Announces Staff Changes

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Governor Greg Abbott today announced David Whitley as the new Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s office, replacing Robert Allen, who has been selected as the next President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. Whitley currently serves as the Governor’s Appointments Director. …read more

Source:: Office of the Governor

      

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Why Jerrod Niemann wanted his wife, Morgan, to co-star in romantic new video for "God Made a Woman"

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By Music News Group

CurbA heavenly video is expected for a song with the title “God Made a Woman,” right? Jerrod Niemann set out to achieve this cinematic theme with his new single, premiering on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend.

Also appropriate is Jerrod’s object of affection: his wife, Morgan.

The video is described in a statement as having “the reverent theme of the song’s lyrics. Filmed under the vast blue sky in Marfa, Texas, Niemann drifts through a beautiful but desolate landscape, chasing after his true love like an elegant vision in white and finally coming together on a deserted highway.”

The “God Made a Woman” video will premiere this Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m. Eastern on CMT.

Jerrod is also performing Saturday night as part of the ACM Pool Party For a Cause in Las Vegas as part of the festivities surrounding the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Source:: Country Music News

      

Alex Rodriguez admits he's dating Jennifer Lopez: "We're having a great time"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lou RoccoIt’s been all over the New York City tabloids, but now it’s been confirmed: Jennifer Lopez is dating former baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

At least, that’s according to Rodriguez, who appeared on ABC’s The View as a guest panelist on Friday. Under direct questioning, he told The View co-hosts, “It’s obvious. We’ve been having a great time….she’s an amazing, amazing girl, one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met, and she’s an incredible mother.”

When pressed to reveal something about the singer, actress, dancer and businesswoman that we don’t know, the former Yankee offered, “She just likes simple things, I mean, she’s a very very simple person, loves family, is a great sister, is a great daughter.”

View co-host Sarah Haines then pressed Rodriguez for more dirt, demanding to know, “What’s her guilty pleasure, eating-wise? Make me feel better about my food choices!” After noting that Jennifer would “kill him” if he said too much, A-Rod spilled that her weaknesses are chocolate-chip cookies and chocolate-chip ice cream.

J-Lo, who shares twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, was most recently rumored to be dating rapper Drake, but she denied they were together romantically. The star’s most recent confirmed relationship was with dancer Casper Smart, whom she dated on and off from 2011 through 2016.

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