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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Cursed by Allah
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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