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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Lirpa Loof -- April Fool's Day, 1984
The BBC Show That's Life aired a segment about an animal called the Lirpa Loof, a hairy biped from the eastern Himalayas, that had just arrived at the London Zoo.

In the segment, naturalist David Bellamy talked about how excited he was to finally see the Lirpa Loof, which he had read about as a child.

The Lirpa Loof, Bellamy noted, had some unusual habits and traits. For instance, it had purple droppings which it used to mark its territory. The droppings were purple because of the Rhododendron flowers it loved to eat. It was also a natural mimic, imitating whatever it saw a person doing. This delighted crowds at the zoo.

Unfortunately, the total number of Lirpa Loofs in the world was "small and diminishing."

The scientific name of the Lirpa Loof was Eccevita mimicus. "Eccevita" is Latin for "That's Life."




A Lirpa Loof — illustration by Philippa Foster

April Fool Categories: Videos, Television, United Kingdom, 1984, Loof Lirpa, BBC.
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