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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The worms inside your face
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
No fishy name jokes -- April Fool's Day, 2013
French MP Jean-Frédéric Poisson (shown) proposed a law that would protect politicians with "aquatic animal surnames" from being ridiculed. ("Poisson" in French means "fish" — "poisson d'avril" is the equivalent of "April fool").

His proposal was backed by fellow MPs Franck Marlin and Philippe Goujon. (Marlin and Goujon, or gudgeon, both being types of fish.) They said, "We other aquatic MPs are very concerned about the respect of biodiversity and anything said against us could reduce biodiversity."

However, Jean-Marie Tétart objected, saying "It is off message with the current climate and what people are thinking and going through at present." This despite Tétart meaning 'tadpole' in spoken French.


Links and References
April Fool Categories: Government Officials, France, 2013.
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