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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
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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