While many reasonable humans despise the pranking "holiday," China's Communist Party is taking that hatred one step further by banning it altogether.
China's state news agency, Xinhua, announced, "'April Fools' Day' is not consistent with our cultural tradition, or socialist core values. Hope nobody believes in rumors, makes rumors or spreads rumors."
The Communist Party is known for squashing dissent on social media and controlling public conversations about the government.
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Pranks gallery to add to April Fools' Day pages (fun photos only)
China bans April Fools' Day
Just a few hours left to get the all-new #SelfieStick for dogs! Buy it now: http://t.co/Rdh1l1vUve http://t.co/UHiu8upvJH
#PatriotsNation breaths a collective sigh of relief when they realize it's #AprilFools Day...http://t.co/S8NIq5AzLw http://t.co/rq9r3VDbUm
It's easy to find the poster I added, but I can't take credit for it. I read about some genius posting these around New York City. I found it hillarious, and so did anyone I showed it too. It went over pretty well... for a few hours. But once again, someone without a sense of humor took these down too.
Pedestrians walk through an "e-lane" Monday, April 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter used April Fool's Day to have a little fun with what he says is a real problem: distracted walking. City officials painted lines and oblivious stick-figure pictures on one stretch of John F. Kennedy Boulevard near City Hall as a jab at pedestrians who keep their eyes on their cellphone screens and not their surroundings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This frame grab image released by Google shows the Google Nose site, a parody site in celebration of April Fools' Day. Having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, the company on Monday showcased âGoogle Nose,â adding scents to it search results. (AP Photo/Google)
A roll of paper towel frosted with icing and sugar confections to make it look like a real cake. Goes with April Fools Pranks story. (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Legislative intern Luke Hansen works at his aluminum-foil-coverd desk at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Friday, April 1, 2005. As an April Fools' day prank, fellow interns wraped Hansen's desk and everything on it with aluminum foil. Hansen is from Milwaukee, Wis. He is a second-year law student at the University of North Dakota. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)