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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
George Orwell For President -- April Fool's Day, 1983
Three men, who identified themselves as Richard Silverman, Steven Silverman, and Jay Silverman, held a press conference at Washington's Mayflower Hotel at which they announced George Orwell's candidacy for the 1984 presidential election. They said, "We intend to use the Orwell candidacy as an avenue for humor during the long presidential election process. April Fool's Day seems an appropriate date to announce Orwell's candidacy." George Orwell died in 1950.


April Fool Categories: Politics, 1983.
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