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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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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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