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Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Do Not Kick! -- April Fool's Day, 1915
A prankster placed a hat on Philadelphia's Girard Avenue. On the front of the hat he pinned a note that read, "Do not kick. Brick inside." Raymond Perrott, a University of Pennsylvania student, saw the hat while walking along with a friend. Reportedly, he said to his companion, "Huh, that's a joke within a joke; watch me wallop that hat." He gave the hat a strong kick, then fell to the ground, crying out in pain. The hat flew away, revealing a brick. Perrott was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with a broken right toe. [Trenton Evening Times, Apr 2, 1915.]

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