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Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Use your left ear to detect lies
Discovery of Odd Beast -- April Fool's Day, 1962
The Appleton Post-Crescent reported that a bizarre "half-animal half-reptile" creature had been discovered by a local resident, Lester E. Grube:

"Possessed of a head and fore-legs like a dog, the creature's body-trunk and tail is reptile-like — similar to an alligator or iguana. It weighs about 35 pounds and thus far has uttered not one sound...
If scientists permit, Grube hopes to be able to keep the creature and, perhaps, make it a house pet."

The next day, the Post-Crescent noted that Lester Grube (who was a real Post-Crescent employee) had received calls all day from people wanting to see the creature.




April Fool Categories: Newspapers, 1962, Photo Hoaxes.
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