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Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Cursed by Allah
A black lion: real or fake?
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
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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