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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Cursed by Allah
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
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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