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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Mouse in Egg Prank Goes Bad -- April Fool's Day, 1900
Edith Walrach, a nineteen-year-old woman of a "very nervous temperament" was in serious condition as a result of an April Fool's Day joke that went bad. While visiting friends in Binghampton, New York, a practical joker "procured a small live mouse, which he put in an egg-shell, covering the opening with plaster of Paris. This was brought in with the breakfast and when Miss Walrach broke the shell and the liberated mouse jumped out she screamed and fainted away. During the day she had three nervous fits, and her physician pronounced her condition critical." The young man was wild with grief. He was her fiancee. [Fort Wayne Evening Sentinel, Apr 3, 1900]

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