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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Slow-Growing Grass -- April Fool's Day, 1991
The London Times reported that a gardener had succeeded in developing a variety of grass that grew only one inch a year, no matter how wet or dry the year was. The inventor of the seed was said to be Clement Marchdone, a 73-year-old retired Essex seedsman living in Cutter's Green, near Chelmsford. Marchdone had also solved the problem of keeping stripes in a lawn because "when the grass starts to show, you go up and down with a roller; the grass will continue to grow in that direction forever."

April Fool Categories: Botany, Newspapers, United Kingdom, 1991, London Times.
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