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Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Desperate Hubby -- April Fool's Day, 1920
The United Press distributed a story about a "desperate hubby":
Chicago — Harry Shapiro was desperate because his wife threatened to leave him. He grabbed a bottle, labelled "poison" and dramatically declared "stay with me or I die." When Mrs. Shapiro laughed uproariously, Harry smelt the bottle's contents and discovered he had fallen for an "April Fool" joke.
[Appleton Post-Crescent, Apr 1, 1920.]

April Fool Categories: Romance, United States, 1920, House Pranks.
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