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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Mouth Sounds -- April Fool's Day, 1997
NPR's All Things Considered interviewed Reed Summers, winner of a "Mouth Sounds" competition in Belleville, Illinois.

Summers explained that "mouth sounders" use their mouth, tongue, teeth, lips, and vocal chords to create a variety of sounds, such as the sound of an angry cockatoo, a goose, a train, and Bach's Toccata — all of which he demonstrated in the studio.

As the interview with Summers progressed, the sounds he made grew increasingly elaborate and realistic, causing host Robert Siegel eventually to declare, "If I hadn't seen you doing that in front of me just now, I would have assumed that was a recording."

Summers attributed his mouth-sounding skill to the fact that he didn't speak until he reached the age of 10, but instead spent his childhood listening to the sounds around him.

April Fool Categories: Music, Radio, United States, 1997, NPR.
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