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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
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Margaret Truman’s Rearmament Tour -- April Fool's Day, 1951
A West German newspaper reported that Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, was planning to make a concert tour of West Germany "to inspire German approval of rearmament."

Margaret Truman had launched a singing career in 1947, though her performances often received negative reviews. Music critic Paul Hume wrote in 1950 that she was "extremely attractive on the stage... [but] cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time. And still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish." President Truman subsequently wrote to Hume, "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

Margaret Truman had been featured on the Feb. 26, 1951 cover of Time (shown).

April Fool Categories: Music, Germany, 1951.
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