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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Cursed by Allah
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Fool at the Phone -- April Fool's Day, 1896


"Hello! Well, what is it? Yes this is — hello! I can't hear you plainly—stand closer, you know. (The idiot talks with his mouth full of dough). I say, I'm not deaf, darn you; don't holler so! Yes, this is (confound it), why can't you go slow? You want to see who? Spell it—"F, double O L—first name is April!" Oh, hell—hello! (Consigns him to regions unmentionable below)."
[The Washington Post — Apr 1, 1896]


April Fool Categories: Cartoons, 1890s, Telephone Pranks.
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