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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Help Wanted -- April Fool's Day, 1915
An ad placed in a Chicago paper brought over 300 job seekers to Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois. The ad read, "WANTED—100 Laborers; bring shovels; good pay. Apply High School, Room 9, 1st av. and Madison st., Maywood, bet. 9 and 10 am." Some of the job seekers walked over twenty miles to get there, not having access to a car. School officials had to turn them away, explaining that the ad was a joke, but not of their doing. Seventy-five of the men ended up sleeping in the school yard. Eight members of the senior class were subsequently accused of having placed the ad and were punished "by denying them certain privileges." Their parents protested the punishment, but Principal Witmer said, "I'd do the same thing if they did it again." [Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 2, 1915.]

April Fool Categories: United States, 1915, Employment, School Pranks.
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