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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
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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