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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Fewer Fools -- April Fool's Day, 1960
The New York Telephone Company announced it had prepared for April Fools Day, as it had done so for the past thirty years, by assigning special operators to intercept all calls to the Bronx Zoo. Only legitimate calls would be allowed through. When the day came, it intercepted 2561 calls to the zoo from people seeking to speak with Mr. Lion, Mr. Fox, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Beaver, etc. This was only half the number of calls made the previous year. [Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 2, 1960.]

April Fool Categories: United States, 1960, Telephone Pranks, Zoo Prank.
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