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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Light Bulbs Rationed -- April Fool's Day, 1943
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the Office of Price Administration (OPA) was going to freeze sales of all electric light bulbs effective April 5, and would begin rationing bulbs on April 15. Only three bulbs per room per year would be permitted under the new program. The manufacture of Christmas tree lights and other ornamental bulbs would also be banned.

The end of the article disclosed that, "anyone having believed the above story is an April fool." Nevertheless, the report caused a run on light bulbs at Wisconsin stores.

April Fool Categories: 1943, Fake Warnings.
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