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Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Samsung invents the on/off switch
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Al Capone for Mayor -- April Fool's Day, 1931
The Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) distributed a number of humorous fake stories to its subscribers, including the report that Al Capone was running for mayor of Chicago as a dry candidate:

"Adopting the slogan, 'Dry Up Chicago,' Al (Cornpone) Capone, prominent proprietor of a leading ice cream emporium here, entered the Windy City's fight for mayor here today with rare good spirits. Given to ironic speech, the new candidate is said to be planning to take his opponents for a ride when the campaign opens. 'You have only to consider my record,' he told his followers in a stadium rally, 'to judge my fitness for the chair, er — the mayor's chair.'"

April Fool Categories: Crime, Politics, 1931.
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