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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
April Fool Experiment -- April Fool's Day, 1940
Radio comedian Don McNeill staged experiments in the lobby of Chicago's Merchandise Mart to test whether people would still fall for some of the oldest April fool gags. He discovered that 20 of the first 25 people who saw a bill fold lying on the floor stooped to pick it up, only to have it yanked away. In addition, McNeill set up an aquarium with a sign "Invisible Peruvian fish." He asked spectators to estimate the length of the fish. Fifty-six of the spectators turned in written estimates. (For more about the "invisible fish" prank, see Brazilian Invisible Fish.) [The Galveston Daily News, Apr 2, 1940.]

April Fool Categories: Radio, United States, 1940, Street Pranks.
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