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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Black Bombers -- April Fool's Day, 1941

The Elkhart Daily Truth detailed a plan to create a protective air fleet for Indiana at low cost by attaching miniature, eight-ounce bombs to 25,000 crows, which would be trained to release the bombs on the enemy. The report included a photograph of one of the "Black Bombers." The "bomb" in the picture was really a salt shaker, and the crow was stuffed.

Although the crow bombers were an April Fool's day joke, there really was a plan developed and tested by the U.S. military during World War II to create "bat bombs" by strapping incendiary devices to bats, and then dropping the bats on Japanese cities.

April Fool Categories: War and Military, Birds, 1941, Photo Hoaxes.
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