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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Mummies found in Berlin underground -- April Fool's Day, 1923
A Berlin newspaper reported that a large find of mummies and Egyptian antiquities had been unearthed during the excavation of an extension of the city's underground railway. The paper quoted an expert, Dr. Lirpa, who said that the find rivaled Tutankhamen's tomb and indicated "the presence of an Egyptian colony in Germany in prehistoric times."

Archaeologist Howard Carter, shown in the picture below, had recently — on Feb. 16, 1923 — opened the burial chamber of Tutankhamen.


April Fool Categories: History and Archaeology, Newspapers, Germany, 1923.
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