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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
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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