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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
April Fool Wedding -- April Fool's Day, 1978
Adrian Fisher and Charles Gutierrez of Chicago invited 25 of their closest friends to their April 1st wedding. But at the champagne reception following the ceremony, everyone was handed an envelope that contained the following poem:

"We don't want you to forget the date. It's April First, 1978. Now that the wedding knot has been tied, we have to tell you we have lied. Don't be angry, don't be mad, we hate to say it but you've been had. We meant no harm, so keep it cool, we hate to say it, but April Fool!"

The couple said their motive for staging the fake wedding was to "teach our dear friends a lesson not to gossip and spread rumors." Their friends had been spreading the rumor that the two were a "serious" item, even though Fisher insisted, "We haven't even had a date."

April Fool Categories: Romance, Freelance Pranksters, 1978.
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