When does April Fools' Day end?

Ahh, April Fools’ Day. A much-needed time for jokes, pranks and general silliness.

But it’s rather difficult to take part in all the antics if you’re busy at work all day, and have no time to fool your family, friends or loved ones.

Many are delaying their gags until the evening for this reason, with some are even getting ahead of the curve and setting up their jokes before April 1.

April Fools’ Day always gives us a good laugh – but when should the jokes come to an end?

When should you stop telling April Fools’ jokes?

Traditionally, you can only tell April Fools’ jokes until midday (12pm) on April 1.

After that time, you are supposed to hold your hands up and come clean about your various pranks.

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And April Fools’ Day rules confirm this.

Dating back to at least the 1700s, the rules state you can’t delay your jokes until the afternoon.

Anyone telling pranks afternoon is considered to be the fool themselves – as they either don’t know the proper rules, or have failed to properly acknowledge them.

Interestingly, nobody actually knows why there is a joke deadline for April Fools’ Day.

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