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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
LA Highways Close For Repairs -- April Fool's Day, 1987
Los Angeles disc jockey Steve Morris announced on KRTH-FM that freeways in Los Angeles and Orange counties would be closed for major repairs from April 8 to May 1 so that road crews could work nonstop. Morris discussed the news throughout his morning show, which began at 6 a.m. He included a series of segments outlining the closure plans as well as interviews with "Lon Chevelle," a (fictitious) spokesman for the "Southern California Highway Advisory Board," aka SCAB. Finally, at 9:30 a.m. Morris interrupted his show to broadcast a SCAB press conference, airing live, at which it was announced, "April Fool!"

The radio station received hundreds of calls in response to the announcement, and both Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol reported that they were flooded with calls all day from worried commuters. KRTH later admitted that it was stunned by the reaction to the hoax and revealed that it had received a call from Caltrans "telling us that they didn't think it was very funny."


Steve Morris

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