April Fools’ Day: Top Gear road ‘shutdown’ prompts Dutch apology

On 1 April 1572, Dutch rebels conquered the town of Den Briel in a humiliating defeat for a Spanish garrison commanded by Lord Alva, marking a major victory in the struggle against the rule of Spain.

To commemorate the victory, and a successful April Fool trick, the Dutch say, “Op 1 april, Verloor Alva zijn Bril” or “On April first, Lord Alva lost his glasses”, a pun on the word “Bril”, meaning spectacles and Briel, the name of the town.

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