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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Fake Snake -- April Fool's Day, 1959
A photographer for the Great Bend Tribune placed a fake snake on the pavement in downtown Great Bend and then hid in a car to capture people's candid reactions:

Twice boys tried to steal the reptile, and the Tribune photographer had to reveal himself these times to save the snake. One old man kicked at it, but did no damage. Many of the pedestrians walked within inches of the creature without ever noticiing it, proving that a real Python could sun himself at Broadway and Main without disturbing too many residents.
The best picture of all was ruined. A group of girls walked within a foot of the reptile before one of them noticed it. They all jumped and screamed. But it so startled the photographer that he moved the camera, spoiling the picture.


April Fool Categories: Animals, Newspapers, United States, 1959, Street Pranks.
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