We wake up on the morning of April Fools’ Day and get the announcement that Google has chosen to come to Asheville NC, Greenville SC, and Johnson City TN to create a Silicon Mountain. Is this a hoax or is it true? Over Twitter this morning, there was a lot of excitement over the news posted on the new Google Fiber Mountain Blog. Then Google AVL re-posted the news and sent it out over Twitter. At the moment, everyone is waiting on a confirmation to see if this is true or if it is a cruel joke. The Asheville community has been vying for Google’s Hi-Speed Broadband and now would be the perfect time to find out that we were chosen, whether it is April 1st or not.
Where did April Fools’ day originate from anyway? In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392), the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. This probably meant 32 days after March but readers thought of it as March 32nd, or April 1st as we know it. In other times, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in many European towns. In some areas of France, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. So it is possible that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.
We have those in Asheville who are planning parties to celebrate Google coming to the area, and others who are calling the blog release a trick. Releasing news like this on April Fools’ Day can be considered dangerous, or creative. I mean, who lets a day or fable control us?! Nevertheless, antennas are rising and folks want to know the truth. What do you think?