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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Fatal Shooting -- April Fool's Day, 1915
James Pooley, a bartender in Evansville, Indiana, shot and killed Frank Stein, a saloon porter. Pooley claimed he thought the gun was unloaded and was playing an April Fool joke on Stein. Walter Schmidel, owner of the saloon, later admitted that he had removed an old weapon that had been behind the bar and had replaced it with a loaded revolver. [The Indianapolis Star, Apr 2, 1915.]

April Fool Categories: Crime, Poorly Received, United States, 1915.
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