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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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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