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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The worms inside your face
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
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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