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April 1, 2011 / jmeuropeana

April Fool’s Day

On the 1st of April –

It is April fool’s day, the day that everyone likes to play practical jokes.

In Holland April fool’s is closely linked to the fact that on 1st of April 1572 the Dutch rebels against the King of Spain, the Watergeuzen, captured the town of Brielle in teh prvince of South-Holland, a seminal event in the formation of the Netherlands. And we have the pictures:
Den Briel ingenomen door watergeuzen zoals in 1572; schip van de Geuzen voor Den Briel
Geuzen met de stormram

Here’s an April Fool’s joke: a find of a rock – could be extraterrestrial – on a road:
'Rock discovery on Morley Road'

And another one – the police have to save money, so they use a Mercedes as a patrol car:


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