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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The worms inside your face
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
School Quarantined -- April Fool's Day, 1901
Pranksters placed a yellow quarantine sign outside the Central school building in Waterloo, Iowa:
The quarantine signal was placed in the most conspicuous place on the building. The lads who are responsible for the misdemeanor probably thought it would be a great joke and possibly be the means of permitting them to a holiday...
The teachers and high school scholars entered the building at the main entrance, but did not go into the room just back of the sign until assured that there was no danger. It was only a short time until the news that the west side Central building was quarantined spread pretty well over the town and Mr. Hukill and Mrs. Couch, who use the high school room, were kept busy denying the report and explaining.
[Waterloo Daily Courier]

April Fool Categories: United States, 1901, School Pranks, Fake Warnings.
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