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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Cursed by Allah
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Federally Funded Health Care for Pets -- April Fool's Day, 2002
NPR's All Things Considered reported that the Bush administration had proposed extending universal health care to pets. The measure was designed to assist all animals, including "Your dog, your cat, your iguana, your great komodo dragon."

However, the proposal was meeting with opposition: "James Cardigan, spokesman for the group People Are People Too, fears the federal government could get tangled in massive legal liability by letting nature simply take its course. For example, he told Rovner, what if a hamster covered by federal health care is eaten by a snake also covered by the federal government? 'This is where it starts -- where does it stop?'"

The cost of the proposal was estimated at a mere $345-trillion.

April Fool Categories: Animals, 2002, Stupid Laws, NPR.
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