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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
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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