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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Brandenburg Gate Photo -- April Fool's Day, 1919
Hundreds of people, mostly shop girls and women, gathered in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, drawn there by an announcement placed in Berlin papers the night before stating that a motion picture camera was going to take a picture in front of the gate at noon, and that everybody who was in front of the gate would be in the picture. The announcement was a prank perpetrated by a night worker at the papers. The Chicago Tribune foreign news service reported: "Some people stood there for hours before they realized that this was the first day of April, known in Germany as in the United States as April Fools' day." [Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 5, 1919.]

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