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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
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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