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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Canada Buys Arizona -- April Fool's Day, 1988
NPR's All Things Considered revealed that the Reagan administration had decided to sell the state of Arizona to Canada. Money from the sale would help reduce the national debt, and Canada, for its part, as the Canadian ambassador to the US explained, was eager to acquire a warm-water port "and this was the best we could do."

Former governor of Arizona Bruce Babbitt, who had recently dropped out of the race for the presidency, had been offered the job of running the new province. He had accepted the position, saying it was apparent that Canada had "greater faith in my ability to lead."

However, the sale was going to cause possible complications in the world of professional football, since the St. Louis Cardinals had been scheduled to move to Phoenix. But the NFL forbid teams from locating outside the country, and Phoenix was now going to become a foreign city.

April Fool Categories: International Relations, United States, 1988, NPR.
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