Bingo! Blame Pope Gre­gory for porkies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Did you get taken for a ride last Satur­day? Were you tricked into be­liev­ing some­thing was true that wasn’t?

If so then you were an April Fools’ Day vic­tim.

It’s the day of the year when you can’t be sure that any story in a news­pa­per, on­line or on the tele­vi­sion or ra­dio is ac­tu­ally true.

So what’s the ori­gin of April Fools’ Day?

Well the truth is (and this is the real truth) no one re­ally knows.

Ac­cord­ing to one the­ory, Pope Gre­gory XIII is to blame, or thank, de­pend­ing on your out­look.

He adopted the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar in 1582, which moved our year from March to Jan­uary 1.

De­spite this switch be­ing widely pro­moted, some peo­ple missed it and when they cel­e­brated the new year on April 1 they were seen as fool­ish and the date be­came known as Fools’ Day.

A sec­ond the­ory is that April Fools’ Day is left over from the idea of re­newal fes­ti­vals, which marked the end of win­ter and the start of spring.

One of the old­est of these was the Ro­man fes­ti­val Hi­laria, which co­in­cided with the spring equinox, and in­vited Ro­mans to take part in games, pranks and mas­quer­ades.

Those who took part in the fes­ti­val would wear dis­guises, play tricks on peo­ple and gen­er­ally wreak havoc.

An­other sug­ges­tion is that on April 1 in 1789, King Ge­orge III of Eng­land made a joke af­ter the French de­posed King Louis XVI. The French king pre­tended to step down as a re­sult of which peas­ants took to the streets and cel­e­brated their new free­dom but were then ar­rested and im­pris­oned.

And there were sev­eral at­tempts to per­suade the KE to get in­volved in April 1 pranks.

We did with one, re­port­ing in last week’s pa­per how vis­i­tors to Wye Farm­ers’ Mar­ket were able to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent last Satur­day (April 1) by sam­pling a new type of cheese pro­duced by Wye Com­mu­nity Farm (WCF).

The farm­ers’ mar­ket claimed WCF had spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket and de­vel­oped a cheese made from pigs’ milk, called Porkies.

But ev­ery­one was telling ‘porkies’ as the new cheese was a hoax.

As was the press re­lease we re­ceived from Mecca Bingo say­ing they had cre­ated a new game specif­i­cally for pets to play at the club in Ash­ford High Street.

They claimed the launch was in re­sponse to re­quests from cus­tomers who do not want to be parted from their pets when they play bingo.

The sug­ges­tion was that Mecca Pets, as it was called, would al­low pets to play bingo along­side their own­ers both in club and on­line.

Larger pet-friendly bingo cards and tablets would al­low dogs to make paw prints as their num­ber was called out. This too was a hoax.

And fi­nally, there was yet an­other an­i­mal story sent to us for pub­li­ca­tion on April 1.

Port Lympne An­i­mal Re­serve near Hythe an­nounced that they would be at­tempt­ing to teach Am­bam, their most in­tel­li­gent go­rilla, to be­come a train con­duc­tor on a ded­i­cated Port Lympne train to and from Lon­don St Pan­cras.

Am­bam be­came an on­line sen­sa­tion a cou­ple of years ago when footage emerged of him walk­ing upright like a hu­man as he cel­e­brated his 24th birth­day.

And in his new rail­way role, Port Lympne said vis­i­tors would soon be able to travel on the train to Port Lympne, con­ducted by Am­bam, who was go­ing to be taught to check tick­ets and sig­nal to the driver when the train could leave the sta­tion.

Am­bam was due to com­plete his train­ing and be­gin his first jour­ney with ex­cited pas­sen­gers in May 2017. But it will not hap­pen, as this too was a hoax.

We were telling porkies about pig cheese, Mecca Bingo in Ash­ford High Street DIDN’T hold spe­cial pet bingo ses­sions on April 1 and Am­bam, Port Lympne’s fa­mous go­rilla DIDN’T be­come a guard on the high speed trains

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