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Fake Fish Photos
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
A black lion: real or fake?
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Lowering the Congressional Minimum Age -- April Fool's Day, 1985
Representative Thomas J. Downey (shown), a Democrat from New York, issued a news release proposing that the minimum age for Congressmen be lowered from 25 to 15. He cited the need for "new blood in Congress." He argued that teenagers could usefully lead a Select Committee on Acne and noted that "junkets could become field trips; the carry-outs could sell Twinkies; missed votes could be excused with a note from Mom." He did concede, however, that there would be an increased risk of "food fights in the cafeteria."

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