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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
April Fool, or The Evils of Deception -- April Fool's Day, 1852
The custom of playing tricks on the first day of April is one of very general prevalence. Many persons encourage children to practice those tricks through a mistaken idea of their innocence. The object of this little book is to exhibit some of the evils of deception, even when practiced in a form so apparently harmless and so pleasing to many. It will also indicate to parents and teachers the decided opposition with which they ought to discountenance this, together with every other evil, and 'appearance of evil.' It is from such beginnings that the young too often have their morals corrupted, and their souls destroyed.
[from April Fool; or, The Evils of Deception, printed by the Sunday-School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1852]

April Fool Categories: Anti-April Fools Day, 1850s.
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