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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Fake Fish Photos
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
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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