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Fake Fish Photos
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
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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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