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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Use your left ear to detect lies
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
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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