Start your April Fools' Day preparations now

Catch up on the history of the pranking holiday before you think of yours

This year, April 1st falls on a Sunday, which means you'll likely be spared of having to wade through all of the fake news stories that the "media" tries to pull on us. Over the past few years, we've seen fake Twitter posts, fake news stories, and even fake videos. It's the one day that I really hate, because it's tough enough to figure out if the "real" news is legitimate or not. Anyway, if you're wondering where the holiday got its origins, check out this explainer video from YouTuber Jeremiahjw:

Remember, you've been warned. It's probably best to just stay in the house on Sunday and stay off the grid. Real stories and videos return on Monday.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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