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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
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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