April Fun Facts
- The earliest known use of the term ‘spring cleaning’ was in 1857.
- We’ve used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century.
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.
- The first spring flowers are usually daffodils, dandelions, lilies, irises and lilacs.
- ‘Tornado Alley’ is at its most active state during the spring.
- Hurricane season begins in late spring.
- On the first day of spring, the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on earth.
- Some experts believe April Fools’ Day began after the shift from the Julian calendar (with the new year starting around the March equinox) to the Gregorian calendar (which starts the new year on January 1) in the 1500s. Some people were mocked if they didn’t know about the switch and followed the old calendar.
- In France, kids fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their backs. When the victim discovers the fish, the prankster yells ‘Poisson d’Avril!’ (‘April Fish!’)
- In Portugal, April Fools’ Day is actually celebrated on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. The big trick there? Throwing flour at your friend’s face.
- According to a CareerBuilder survey, 32 percent of workers say they either initiated or have been on the receiving end of an April Fools’ Day prank at work.
- Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. That’s the second biggest candy holiday after Halloween.
- 70% of Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
- 76% of Americans think the ears of a chocolate bunny should be the first to be eaten.
- The first story of a rabbit (later named the ‘Easter Bunny’) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.
- ‘The White House Easter Egg Roll’ event has been celebrated by the President of the U.S. and their families since 1878.
- Did you know Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter? This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
- Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday.
- During the holiday, more than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million Peeps are produced each year in the U.S. alone.
- Workers in Birmingham, who make the famous Cadbury Crème Egg, produce more than 1.5 million egg delights a year.
- Every year, between 1.5 and 2 million students in the U.S. go on spring break and collectively spend over $1 billion.
- 10% of millennials plan to travel to multiple destinations for Spring Break.
- 42% of families take a spring break vacation.