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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
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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