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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cursed by Allah
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Phony Church Meeting -- April Fool's Day, 1866
A shameful April fool hoax was perpetrated by a lady in Philadelphia, who sent to the pulpit in a Methodist church, a notice of a meeting to be held in aid of another church. Names of prominent clergymen were mentioned as to take part in the exercises. the preacher read the manuscript to his large congregation without hesitation, until he came to a passage announcing that a certain layman would sing a comic song, when he became confused, suddenly remembered the day and abruptly sat down.
[The Elyria Democrat, Apr 25, 1866.]

April Fool Categories: Religion, Freelance Pranksters, 1860s.
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