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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Man regrets scaring wife -- April Fool's Day, 1896
Near Nashville yesterday John Ahrens, a farmer, planned an April fool joke on his wife with disastrous results. He disguised himself as a tramp, fastened a white mask over his face, and knocked at the door. When she appeared he ordered her to get dinner for him. To his horror his wife fell to the floor in a faint and died an hour later. Ahrens has been married only a few months and idolized his wife. Her death has crazed him with grief and remorse, and he threatens to take his own life.
[Des Moines Daily News, Apr 3, 1896.]

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