April Fools Day Quiz — Ray and Kearney

April fools quiz

By Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

Mark Kearney of London, Ont. and Randy Ray of Ottawa are the authors of nine books about Canada, with best-seller sales of more than 50,000. Their Web site is: www.triviaguys.com

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They might call it getting punk’d these days but on April Fool’s Day everyone could end up a potential victim of someone’s prank. To get you in the spirit of the day we’ve got a nine-pack of foolish questions to see what you know about April 1.

1. True or false? In Portugal on April Fool’s Day, people celebrate by throwing small cakes at each other. 

2. In what country did playing April Fool’s’ pranks originate?

a) Norway  b) Austria   c) France   d) the United States 

3.  What Canadian organization was officially formed on April 1, 1924?

 a) Canadian Wheat Board  b) Royal Canadian Air Force  c) National Film Board  d) Canadian Auto Workers union  

4.  Which province or territory officially entered Canada on April Fool’s Day—Nunavut or Newfoundland? 

5. Which entertainer passed away on April Fools Day in 1984?

       a) John Candy  b) Marvin Gaye  c) Red Skelton  d) Redd Foxx

 6. In Scotland, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving a body part. Rearrange the letters below for the correct part of the anatomy.


 7. Fill in the missing word in this April Fool’s related Chinese proverb:  

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me _ _ _ _ _,  shame on me.''

8. A classic April Fool’s prank from BBC-TV in 1957, which fooled a lot of viewers, depicted people in Switzerland “harvesting” from trees a popular Italian food.  Was it

a) spaghetti    b) lasagne   c)  biscotti   d) tiramisu

9. On April 1, 2001 this country became the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.  Was it

a) Sweden   b) Belgium  c) the Netherlands  d) Canada

Randy Ray of Ottawa and Mark Kearney of London, Ont., have written nine books about Canada. For more trivia, visit www.triviaguys.com



1. False.  The Portuguese throw flour at each other instead.

2.  c) France, in the 16th century

3.  b) the air force

4.  Nunavut in 1999, but Newfoundland entered Confederation just one day earlier on March 31, 1949.

5. b) Marvin Gaye

6. buttocks

7. twice

8. spaghetti

9. c) Netherlands