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Screen shot from 'As in a Looking Glass'

Watch the prank this boy plays on his grandfather in "As In a Looking Glass"

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April Fools' Day
April 1

Have you ever played a joke on someone and then, just when that person has fallen for it, said "April Fools!"? April 1 is known as April Fools' Day, and, although no one really knows how the holiday began, it's a great chance to play a joke on someone--as long as the joke is harmless. April Fools' Day gives everyone a chance to play "the fool." In France the fooled person is called poisson d'avril ("April fish"), and in Scotland the person is called a gowk (cuckoo), the symbol of a simpleton.
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American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. "As in a looking glass / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company," 1903. Paper Print Collection, Library of Congress. Call Number FPE 7760.