On April 1 (All Fools Day) long ago, people played a game called, “Send the fool a little farther.” This entailed fooling a hapless victim by informing him that someone was looking for him. When he found the person, that mischievous individual sent him on to another who supposedly was the one who really wanted to see him, and that one sent him on to another. On and on he went... on a fool’s errand so that he never arrived at his destination.

Trinidadians love to play “Send the fool a little farther”, even today. No one wants to give up their fireworks, so close down the zoo instead, a costly, hugely complicated and time-consuming exercise. Send the fool a little farther.

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