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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Fake Fish Photos
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Jurors believe summons to be a joke -- April Fool's Day, 1959
Residents of St. Joseph, Missouri who received a notice on April 1st informing them they had been selected for jury duty thought the notices were a joke and none of them showed up. Deputy sheriffs had to make a special trip to their homes to inform them that the summons were real. The Sheriff's Department later made a special plea to the circuit judges: "Please don't draw a panel of jurors on April Fool's Day again." [The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Apr 3, 1959.]

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