I n 1983, Joseph Boskin, a history professor at Boston University, was interviewed by an Associated Press journalist about the history of April fool’s day. Boskin claimed that the celebration dated back to the days of the Roman Empire. When a group of fools and jesters bragged to Emperor Constantine that any one of them could rule the kingdom lot better than the Emperor himself, jester named Kugel was allowed to be emperor for a day. He immediately decreed that only the absurd would be allowed in the kingdom on that day. The custom stuck, and so the tradition was born. Interview with Boskin appeared in newspapers throughout the country. It was reproduced by various international journals. But the story wasn't true; Boskin had made it up as a joke. In fact, Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish!