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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The worms inside your face
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
City of Providence Closes For Day -- April Fool's Day, 1986
Carolyn Fox, a disc jockey for WHJY in Providence, Rhode Island, announced that the 'Providence Labor Action Relations Board Committee' had decided to close the city for the day. She gave out a number for listeners to call for more information. The number was that of a rival station, WPRO-AM. Hundreds of people called WPRO, as well as City Hall and the police. Even more called into their offices to see if they had to go into work. WHJY management later admitted that it had never imagined its joke would have such a dramatic impact on the city.

April Fool Categories: Government, Radio, United States, 1986, Fake Warnings.
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