Fake news is most prolific on April 1, with many trying to pull pranks on their unsuspecting friends, families, and colleagues - but is it really all just harmless fun? For some, these pranks can actually make a group feel closer, releasing tension among them, reports Perspecs. However, others argue that in this day and age, April Fools' Day should be cancelled with immediate effect. The Claim Live Science explains why people love pranks on April Fools' Day. They note that gentle teasing and pranking can serve as "a kind of social glue". Pranks - or degradation ceremonies - can put someone in their place, but also tie a group together. Sociologist Jonathan Wynn said that April Fools' can upend hierarchies, and give everyone the chance to play the jester. He said: "April Fools' Day is like a pressure valve, a release, that then recalibrates things back into place." Cynthia Gendrich, a professor of theatre at Wake Forest University, who teaches a seminar on why people laugh, told … [Read more...] about April Fools’ Day 2019: Is the day of pranks harmless fun?
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MILLIONS of us will be popping to the shops to treat our mums to a bunch of flowers this Sunday. But while they may look beautiful, there's a horrifying truth about some of the bunches sold in our supermarkets. British flower farms have become a hotbed for modern slavery - with hundreds of foreign nationals illegally trafficked into the UK every year and forced to work in hazardous conditions to pick stems for just 8p per bunch. We've heard modern slaves are often forced to work back-breaking 15-hour days with no protection from the harmful chemicals used to cultivate the plants. But worst of all, they're even threatened with violence against themselves and their families if they escape. Martin* was trafficked to the UK and forced to pick flowers when he was in his early 50s. He is just one of a suspected 136,000 slaves in Britain today, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index. In September, eight people were rescued by police from an unnamed farm in Cambridgeshire where they were … [Read more...] about ‘They’ll kill me if they find me’ – escaped slave reveals horrifying truth about your Mother’s Day supermarket flowers
Mother’s Day will be a bit busier than expected for one animal at West Midland Safari Park, as a surprising new arrival has appeared in the Park’s Twilight Cave. On the morning of 13 March, keepers were astonished to find that the Park’s pair of grey-handed douroucouli (also known as night monkeys or owl monkeys), had given birth to a teeny tiny baby. The appearance of the minute monkey came as a complete surprise to keepers, as they had no idea that mum, eight-year-old Kyna, was pregnant. Baby douroucouli only weigh a miniscule 3oz at birth, so although the adults are weighed weekly, there was no indication that Kyna was carrying a small passenger! Head Keeper of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, “Finding the cute new baby was a huge surprise for our keepers! My colleague had entered the enclosure and knew that something was different when the male, Ilay, didn’t come down to say hello, as he’s usually very friendly! He then heard some tiny, … [Read more...] about Monkeying Around for New Baby and Mum This Mother’s Day
Do you want to know when Mother's Day started or why it is on a different day every year? Well look no further. For we have a selection of trivia and facts surrounding Mother's Day to keep you in the know.1. A different day every year: Mother’s Day is on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is halfway through Lent. This is why the date differs from year to year.2. Different dates around the world: the celebration is marked on a different day depending on where in the world you live.The largest number of countries use the US date of the second Sunday in May while many choose March 8, which is International Women’s Day.3. Origins of Mother's Day: when looking at history, it is important to separate Mothering Sunday from the American celebration of Mother's Day as they have no historic connection. Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year, in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their 'mother' … [Read more...] about Need to know…..a selection of facts to keep you in the know about the origins of Mother’s Day
Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mum how much you care about her - but time is running out to organise something extra special. Whatever you're planning this Sunday, March 31, we think nothing says 'I love you' better than a delicious meal in wonderful surroundings and a thoughtful gift. The Westcountry has plenty of fantastic places where you can relax and spend quality time with family, as well as buy your mum a hand-made, extra-special present. Boringdon Hall Hotel Visit the five-star Boringdon Hall Hotel this Mother's Day and treat your mum to a delicious three-course Sunday lunch or afternoon tea in the peaceful surroundings of this wonderful and historic manor house in Plympton. Lunch will be served from 12.30pm to 2pm, when you can choose from a menu of divine delights created by head chef Scott Paton and his team. Click here to view the menu. Boringdon's famous afternoon teas will also be on offer with a choice of the signature three-tiers … [Read more...] about The best ways to treat your mum this Mother’s Day