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Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
A black lion: real or fake?
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Brick in a Hat—a perennial favorite -- April Fool's Day, 1896

"It is strange that there has been little or no improvement in the jokes of April first. Reliable authorities assert that the old gentlemen of colonial days were made victims of hat hidden bricks just as old gentlemen are today and that the small boy has been invariably the culprit in all the ages." [Lemars Globe — Apr 1, 1896]

April Fool Categories: 1890s, Street Pranks, Brick in Hat.
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