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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
A black lion: real or fake?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Flight Over the Thames -- April Fool's Day, 1971
Ken Piper, former paratrooper, tried to fly over the Thames River by jumping off the Twickenham Bridge with wings attached to his arms. He flapped the wings and fell into the water. When he regained dry land, he said, "It was a good one for April Fool's Day."

A few months later, Mr. Piper returned to the news on account of his cabaret act in which he cracked a thick slab of concrete by means of a head-on collision with his head.

April Fool Categories: Freelance Pranksters, United Kingdom, 1971.
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