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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
British Royalty To Visit Gastonia -- April Fool's Day, 1939
North Carolina's Gastonia Daily Gazette reported that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth had, in a surprise move, announced they would visit Gastonia during their forthcoming tour of the United States. The decision was motivated by the King's "desire to view at first hand some industrial sections of America."

However, the paper warned that some special accommodations would need to be made for the visiting royalty: "Since British custom decrees that English royalty must be officially greeted in full regalia of their native country, it will be necessary for Gastonians officially representing the city to wear the customary formal garb of the English court, and orders have already been placed with a leading New York costumer for knee breeches, silk stockings and English wigs which members of the Gastonia city council will wear on this occasion."


April Fool Categories: Royalty, 1939.
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