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The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
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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