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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 1st - April Fool's Day

On Tuesday April 1st 1980 the local German newspaper "Hamburger Abendblatt" published in their edition this article about the pregnancy of Marisa Mell. (See previous entry on this blog!) The casual reader, who is not familiar with the life of Marisa Mell, accepts the info in this little article as true, but the more informed reader who had followed her life in the papers and yellow press knows that this article is a hoax for April 1st or April Fool's Day. Finding the origin of April Fools' Day is not easy and is probably lost in history. Some theory claimes that this day was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian Calender which we still use today and that the term referred to someone still adhering to the previous Julian Calender, which it replaced. Another theory from pre-christian cultures tells us that May 1st, of May Day was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool was someone who did this prematurely. Still another theory claims that April 1st was counted as the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed it to January 1st, some people stayed with April 1st. Those who did were called "April Fools" and were taunted by their neighbors. And many other theories excist. What was the wrong info in the article that gave it away as a hoax? The relationship with Pier Luigi Torri had ended at the beginning of the 70's, so she was not engaged anymore to him. Marisa Mell was born in 1939 and was 41 years old at the time of publication and not as the article claims 35. It has to be said that sometimes in other articles Marisa Mell did change her age by dropping three years of her real age. She did have a relationship with the actor Gianni Macchia and they did make several fims together but that relationship was also over in 1980. The photo they used is a photo of the beginnen of the 70's and not one of 1980. And finally the name of the future baby does sound strange as "Eurasia" but stranger names have been given to childeren of movie stars! In short the whole article and last entry was one soap bubble. So be aware today!!!


Keith said...

Hey Mirko. Pretty cool post. I've never known where April Fool's Day came from. I've had myself made a fool some over the years over made up stories. It can be fun though to pull the wool over people's eyes and see who figures it out. Hope you're doing well. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

Mirko di Wallenberg said...

Hi Keith, April Fool's Day is one of those days whose origin is clouded in ancient history, and probably lost forever but maybe the whole tradition of pulling the wool over people's eyes is an April Fool's Day joke in itself, and by celebrating it we are being made fun of by a long dead prankster who came up with the idea of creating such a day! Who knows??? BTW Thanks for a new beginning with your blogs! It was a great week!