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Samsung invents the on/off switch
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Cursed by Allah
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Peace Treaty Signed -- April Fool's Day, 1919
A prankster started a rumor alleging that a peace treaty ending World War I had been signed. According to the Associated Press: "The report rapidly spread over all Paris and the telephone wires to the American headquarters in the hotel de Crillon became hot with inquiries as to the truth of the rumor. It did not take long however, for inquiries to realize the character of the report when they were reminded that today was April 1st." The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, was signed on June 28, 1919. [Daily Northwestern, Apr 1, 1919.]

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