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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
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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