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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Flood Strikes Lewiston -- April Fool's Day, 1941
Maine's Lewiston Evening Journal ran a photo on its front page showing downtown Lewiston flooded. The caption offered the following explanation:

High water Hulett square? Sure, it's an April Fool joke, but just how the picture was taken is the photographer's own private little joke. The picture was taken this morning, definitely. The public works department crew was NOT called upon to open hydrants. The photographer did NOT get his feet wet. Store clerks and bank tellers did NOT have to take to the lifeboats. Asked 'how' as well as when, where, and why, the photographer said 'it is understood from a reliable source that magic can be produced with mirrors.'


April Fool Categories: 1941, Photo Hoaxes.
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