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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
A black lion: real or fake?
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Old Lady Takes Revenge -- April Fool's Day, 1923
It was April fool: why not have some fun, thought the little Italian boy as he stood behind his fruit stand in the market house. His thoughts soon took visible form. Tying a purse bulging with paper to one end of a string he fastened the other behind his counter and threw the tempting pocketbook in the aisle. Then he awaited results. In a few minutes long came a busy woman and seeing the tempting purse pounced on it. As it jerked from her hand, a whoop went up from the Italian. So it was a prank, was it? She would teach him how to get cute with an old lady! Then fruit began to fly. Orange after orange hurled at the dodging boy who was being constantly advised to duck and jump by a horde of delighted youngsters. The ammunition was more than oranges, for some bananas and grapefruit were spinning toward their owner. Not until all the fruit on top of the stand had been exhausted did the angry marketer stop her barrage and start on. [Indianapolis News]

April Fool Categories: 1919, Street Pranks.
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