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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
A black lion: real or fake?
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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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