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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Mr. Smarty and his April Fool Joke -- April Fool's Day, 1897
1. Mr. Smarty of Hayseed Cents thinks up a great April Fool joke.
2. Which is the rather ancient one of nailing ten-cent pieces to the board walk.
3. A pair of wayfarers play the game.
4. But soon find a way to get ahead of it.
5. How Mr. Smarty enjoyed the joke.
6. And how the others liked it.

[The Sunday World — Apr 4, 1897]

April Fool Categories: Cartoons, 1890s, Street Pranks.
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