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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Fake Fish Photos
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Hutchins Quits -- April Fool's Day, 1940
The University of Chicago's student newspaper, the Daily Maroon, reported that UC President Robert Maynard Hutchins had resigned due to the unfavorable reaction from his comments on football. A successor was not named, but the article mentioned Postmaster Gen. James A. Farley (said to be an expert in "political science") as a possibility. The article also stated that the French government had presented the university with the luxury liner, the Normandie, as a gesture of goodwill. [The Freeport Journal Standard, Apr 1, 1940.]

April Fool Categories: Student Papers, United States, 1940.
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