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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The worms inside your face
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Use your left ear to detect lies
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
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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