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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
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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