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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The worms inside your face
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Skyforest Orange Trees -- April Fool's Day, 1950
Residents of Skyforest, near Lake Arrowhead in Southern California, staged an elaborate prank. Twenty-five of them, led by cartoonist Frank Adams, crept out during the night and strung 50,000 oranges along a one-mile section of the scenic Rim of the World highway, making it appear that the region's pine and cedar trees had suddenly grown fruit. The oranges were leftovers from the recent National Orange Show in San Bernardino. [The Independent Record (Helena, Montana), Apr 2, 1950.]

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