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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Runaway Missile -- April Fool's Day, 1959
The Light of San Antonio, Texas reported that a huge army missile had accidentally escaped from Kelly Air Force Base during testing, "screamed over San Antonio," and crashed into a water tank near Trinity University. An accompanying picture showed the missile embedded in the ground as water from the tank poured over it. An Airforce Colonel was quoted as saying, "We're spending a great deal of money and much of this nation's international diplomacy is based on the armed strength this and other units like it achieve. So I hope you'll understand why I have no more time for this damned April Fool gag."


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