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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Passing of April Fool -- April Fool's Day, 1923
The Yuma Sun noted that only a single New York newspaper perpetrated an April fool joke — "an Italian-language journal announcing the arrival of d'Annunzio in this country incognito." From this, it concluded that April foolishness was on the decline in America:

"Americans have an old reputation as practical jokers, but they appear to have outgrown this particular form of hoax. Have they put it aside with other childish things of an undeveloped civilization?...
At any rate, for Americans at least, April-fool jokes seem to have passed out of popular favor. They have gone the way of other frivolities of the P.T. Barnum state of Yankee civilization." [The Yuma Sun — Apr 14, 1923]

(April Fool's Day and Easter fell on the same day in 1923, which may offer another explanation of the lack of April fools in New York papers that year.)

April Fool Categories: Anti-April Fools Day, 1923.
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