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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
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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