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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Fake Fish Photos
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
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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