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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Our Boys Come Home -- April Fool's Day, 1972

Larry McCormick took to the streets of downtown St. Louis selling an April Fool newspaper announcing that the war in Vietnam was ending. "Our Boys Come Home -- All GIs Out of Vietnam." Other headlines in the paper included, "I was wrong says Nixon," and "Gen. Westmoreland indicted for war crimes."

April Fool Categories: Social Commentary, War and Military, 1972.
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