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The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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Fire Chief Laughs -- April Fool's Day, 1963
As East Haven Fire Chief Thomas J. Hayes was watching a ventriloquism show at the New Haven Arena, the ventriloquist announced that there was a message for Hayes: the Edgewater Beach Club was on fire. Hayes laughed as the ventriloquist repeated the message.

Finally a receptionist was sent to alert Hayes that the message was true and that he needed to join his men. The fire department, at a loss about how to locate Hayes in the audience, had asked the ventriloquist to deliver the message. Hayes, however, interpreted the message as a prank on him.

The unoccupied beach club burned to the ground. [Meriden Record - Apr 2, 1963]

April Fool Categories: Mistaken for April Fools, 1963.
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