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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Association for the Prevention of April Fool Jokes -- April Fool's Day, 1940
Fred Orsinger, self-proclaimed chairman of the Association for the Prevention of April Fool Jokes (A.F.P.O.A.F.J.), offered advice to help people avoid becoming the victims of April Fool jokes.

"The telephone joker is the most common," he warned. "I figure out he'll consume more than 8,000,000 man hours of work throughout the Nation today."

But he noted that should you see a pocket book lying on the street, it might be the setup for a standard gag, but it was nevertheless worth taking a look because "even if there is no money inside, you may get a good pocket book."

Orsinger's regular job was Director of the National Aquarium in Washington DC. [Oakland Tribune, Apr 1, 1940.]

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