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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Cursed by Allah
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Azcot -- April Fool's Day, 1999
The Tucson Weekly revealed that the Disney Corporation was planning to build a 150 square-mile theme park in Kokopelli County, Arizona. The park, which would be like a 21st century EPCOT, was code-named Azcot. It would include "a simulated Colorado River adventure, featuring raft-like carts which travel on submerged rails through a 1/4-scale fiberglass replica of the Grand Canyon," as well as "a cliff-dweller city featuring animatronic Anasazi grinding corn and weaving baskets," and Duckville, "a frontier town so expansive that if it were real, it would be the seventh largest city in Arizona, complete with covered-wagon monorail and a complex municipal stagecoach system." Lawyers for Disney had supposedly tried to suppress publication of the article before the Tucson Weekly went to print with the scoop.

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