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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
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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