Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy New Year, You April Fish!

Happy New Year … at least that's what I'd be saying if the Gregorian calendar hadn't been implemented in the late 16th century. But because of the calendar change in 1582, we have been able to plan nefarious deeds and shout "APRIL FOOLS!" this time of year.

All Fools Day has been around for a long time and has been celebrated by many different cultures, but its origins remain a mystery. Some historians have linked it to the Roman festival Hilaria that celebrated the vernal equinox, or the coming of spring. But the more common practices of April Fool's Day come around when the calendar was changed shifting the new year back 3 months.

When the calendar change was made, many European countries were slow to adopt the change. Even for the countries that accepted the new system, news traveled slowly to the outreaches of civilization. The people that didn't get the news didn't realize the start of the New Year had moved to January 1. In their ignorance, they continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1. They also became the butt of jokes and hoaxes including having paper fish placed on their backs. They victims were referred to as April fish, said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

But being gullible is human nature. When someone promises you on time delivery, you expect to get it and delivering on time is just good business. But what happens when you have to shorten up a lead time? Will your supplier of furniture for education, healthcare and business needs get it to you on time? At what point do you risk getting a fish on your back?

You can count on Spectrum Industries to work with you to meet your delivery date target, even if it is moving! Spectrum has manufactured innovative furniture for education, healthcare and business needs and will step up to get you your product when you need it. So don't let a calendar change make you look the fool. Look to Spectrum Industries to get you product to you when you need it and how you want.
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