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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Fake Fish Photos
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
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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