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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
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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