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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Mr. Stiff, Please! -- April Fool's Day, 1920
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin the city morgue received over 150 calls within an hour and a half from people asking to speak to Mr. Graves or Mr. Stiff. Consequently "the morgue failed for an hour and 45 minutes to inform the coroner of the death of a patient and asking that the body be removed." The coroner appealed to the public to stop making such calls on April 1st. [Sheboygan Press, Apr 1, 1920.]


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