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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
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Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
April Fool Alibi -- April Fool's Day, 1920
Seventeen-year-old William Needham was found hiding in the closet of Brooklyn resident Matthew Cohen. Needham had $1200 in Liberty bonds and two diamond rings belonging to Mr. Cohen in his pockets. When confronted, Needham pleaded, "Don't get mad. It's only an April fool joke; have a cigarette." Cohen had Needham arrested. [New York Times, Apr 3, 1920.]

April Fool Categories: Crime, United States, 1920.
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