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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Cursed by Allah
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Enlisting Joe Buschmann -- April Fool's Day, 1946

"The army wants men, but in this atomic age it doesn't believe its recruits must be so ferocious looking they'll scare the foe to death. Cpl. Donald Barnes (left), Batavia, Ill., received a telegram Sunday that 'Joe Buschmann' would be 18 Monday, so Barnes was on hand early to enlist Joe for the Chicago army recruiting station. When he got to the address he found himself at the Lincoln park zoo, and Joe turned out to be Bushman, 550 pound gorilla, who celebrates his eighteenth birthday on April Fool's day." [Associated Press]

April Fool Categories: War and Military, United States, 1946, Zoo Prank.
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