petite anglaise

April 1, 2005

poisson d’avril

Filed under: working girl — petiteanglaiseparis @ 6:52 pm

I feel a bit naughty now. I’ve had so many sympathetic comments, and long, concerned emails, that now I realise that if I do actually get dooced one day, now that I have cried wolf, no one will believe me…

Let’s hope that never happens!

(In France, for some reason, April fools day involves fishes. Children try to pin paper fishes on each other’s backs, allegedly, although I have never actually seen it done.)


  1. Well done! A completely believeable tale!

    By the way, this afternoon I spotted an unsuspecting (and very bossy looking) teacher strutting around my children’s school at hometime with a number of fish sellotaped to her back. I sniggered like the responsible parent I am.

    Comment by l'autre — April 1, 2005 @ 7:12 pm

  2. poisson d’avril! in my high school french class [in the states] our teacher, m.cassu told us about this tradition. he handed out blank paper fishes for us to doodle on and then tape onto each other’s backs. strange, as we were fifteen and not five years old. it wasn’t a whole lot of fun.

    Comment by linda — April 1, 2005 @ 7:19 pm

  3. ok, j’ai pas marché, j’ai couru! et moi qui gardais encore un espoir que j’avais envoyé le mail à la mauvaise adresse :???:
    Well, I’m happy you don’t have troubles with the blog. The good thing with the April fool’s day is that at the end of the day at least you have a good news.
    As for you, now you have a great proof of the faithfulness of your readers!
    Tout est bien qui finit bien.
    Congratulations petite!! :grin:

    Comment by KitKat — April 1, 2005 @ 7:29 pm

  4. Well, I didn’t get caught, but it’s only because I read you late due to the time difference.

    Petite, I’m sorry to say… this is the very first time I don’t like one of your posts. As a joke, it wasn’t exactly funny. A poisson d’avril is supposed to make you laugh when you realise you’ve been made the fool. Or is it different in the UK?

    Comment by ontario frog — April 1, 2005 @ 8:13 pm

  5. Sorry you feel that way, ontario frog. It felt like a good idea at first, and then I have to admit as the day wore on I grew more and more uncomfortable, but work prevented me from adding the second post until I got home this evening…

    In England there is a tradition of running a spoof story in the newspapers. So that was my spoof story. Maybe I picked something a bit too believable.

    Comment by petite — April 1, 2005 @ 8:55 pm

  6. AARGH!!!
    And I’m the gullible dummy who BELIEVED you and said to myself “No way, she wouldn’t do THAT” when everyone started crying ‘poisson’!

    Petite, you are one smelly little fish.

    Comment by sammy — April 1, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

  7. :oops:

    Comment by petite — April 1, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

  8. Pffew ! i’m glad it was just a “poisson d’avril” and hope that this will not arrive to you neither to any other bloggers. Have a nice weekend !

    Comment by Jany — April 1, 2005 @ 9:35 pm

  9. Ahh, but what of the person who claims to have sent your boss an email? Another fishy?

    Comment by EasyJetsetter — April 1, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

  10. I’m not going to comment because I got seriously sucked in. Here I was thinking I’d gotten through the day unscathed!

    Comment by Greg — April 1, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  11. easyjetter – I bloody hope so

    or else I’ll be wearing omlette on my face on Monday

    Comment by petite — April 1, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

  12. Petite: “In England there is a tradition of running a spoof story in the newspapers”
    -> I completely agree with you. I don’t think it necessary has to be something funny, it’s rather an invented story believed by everybody. So I find your poisson d’avril very successful! In Spain they call that day “the day of the innocents” (even if it’s not in April). Innocents… hmmm

    Comment by KitKat — April 1, 2005 @ 10:11 pm

  13. I am glad that it was an April fool’s joke – fishing for compliments, perhaps?
    Anyway, I’m sure what I wrote about your boss earlier was pretty accurate, however muhahahahahhahahaha!

    Comment by Chameleon — April 1, 2005 @ 11:02 pm

  14. :mrgreen:

    Very clever. Although I read the two posts backwards so I could figure out what it was that made you feel bad…until I read the previous post. I really should read *as* you post and not try to catch up every week.


    Comment by typegirl — April 1, 2005 @ 11:32 pm

  15. Petite: “In England there is a tradition of running a spoof story in the newspapers”

    There is such a tradition in France too. I admit they don’t always succeed at being funny!

    Anyway, I prefer it to be a not-so-funny spoof story that the real thing. This way, we can look forward to many future great posts!

    Comment by ontario frog — April 2, 2005 @ 12:24 am

  16. err… my email has been sent to your boss, so I hope he won’t take it seriously now.

    Never ever had a “counter-attack” on april’s fool? They’re the funniest.

    Comment by shellorz — April 2, 2005 @ 1:37 am

  17. In Portugal April 1st is called “Le jour des mensonges”. In English I believe we could translate it as “the day of lies” (somehow does not sound very good, but I cannot think of how to translate it more elegantly). Again, the thing is to tell a story that everybody will believe. Practical jokes are also acceptable.

    Comment by Ana — April 2, 2005 @ 3:42 am

  18. Well done, Petite! I didn’t get around to visit blogs until late in the day after you admitted your prank. Personally, I was hoping for something a ‘bit’ more interesting when you used the word ‘naughty’ in your post, but that’s just me being me. :roll:

    Comment by Bob — April 2, 2005 @ 5:02 am

  19. *phew*

    i guess i should have read this post first. ;)

    Comment by mainja — April 2, 2005 @ 5:04 am

  20. Oh dear! That wasn’t very nice at all, Petite!! Your initial post got my day off to a bad start, and it was all downhill from there. Nonetheless, it’s a relief to know that you still have a job…

    Comment by Louis — April 2, 2005 @ 8:58 am

  21. What DOES “dooced” mean?

    Comment by Jim in Rennes — April 2, 2005 @ 9:33 am

  22. Wicked Petite. I was half-way through my supportive comment when I remembered the date!

    Comment by Jean — April 2, 2005 @ 9:58 am

  23. dooced: sacked for blogging at work.

    Naughty Petite, you’ve made everyone all upset now…how d’you feel?

    Comment by morphess — April 2, 2005 @ 1:37 pm

  24. appreciated

    Comment by petite — April 2, 2005 @ 2:00 pm

  25. dooced isn’t sacked for blogging AT work, just sacked for blogging in general (but sometimes about work or from work).

    Comment by kim — April 2, 2005 @ 2:33 pm

  26. duh! You got me. So did my daughter yesterday, she came down to tell me that her sister peed in her bed. I stormed upstairs all ready to start cleaning up… I’m so gullible! That’s me!

    Comment by Kathy — April 2, 2005 @ 6:30 pm

  27. i did

    Comment by sydney — April 2, 2005 @ 8:51 pm

  28. Dear petite,

    I wonder if you’ve ever heard of the famous April 1 spoof that the BBC pulled one year, I think in the late 50’s or early 60’s. In a video feature, they described the great Italian spaghetti harvest complete with Italian women picking spaghetti from the spaghetti “trees”. It was quite believable, and of course, once you were in on the joke, quite hilarious, too. Quite a few people were fooled by this one. It became legendary.

    Comment by Forest Green — April 2, 2005 @ 10:24 pm

  29. Spaghetti Harvest Update

    Actually, apparently it was the Swiss spaghetti harvest and the whole story can be found here

    where it is listed as the number 1 April fools hoax of all time. I just thought I would share …

    Comment by Forest Green — April 2, 2005 @ 10:30 pm

  30. oh no! I’m so gullible!

    Comment by Zinnia Cyclamen — April 3, 2005 @ 8:38 am

  31. Really glad it wasn’t true though.

    Comment by Zinnia Cyclamen — April 3, 2005 @ 8:38 am

  32. I’m so glad I missed the whole thing, as I would have been very sad indeed. Excellent prank, my friend!

    Comment by ViVi — April 3, 2005 @ 10:19 am

  33. Petite, you are a jammy bugger! I fell completely for your April Fool’s joke, worried about you all weekend, and was going to suggest to you today that you quit your job and make us all subscribe to your site so that you could blog to your (and our) heart’s content and make a living from it!

    Cheers though, and I hope to get you back next year (with knobs on)!

    Comment by Antipo Déesse — April 4, 2005 @ 2:12 pm

  34. im an english language assistant from Scotland, currently working in Quebec, and ‘les poissons d’avril’ are rife here. I nearly managed to travel all the way from Quebec to Montreal with one that i had forgotten about on my back.



    Comment by Lilgreenfrog — April 5, 2005 @ 6:09 am

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