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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
A black lion: real or fake?
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
“Sold” -- April Fool's Day, 1895
"This is 'all fools' day,' and judging by the number of people who are passing along the sidewalk with strings and rags dangling from their coat tails, the custom of making people appear ridiculous is not obsolete. What delight the youngsters take in covering a few bricks with an old hat, and leaving it temptingly upon the sidewalk, while they withdraw into some nook to watch the bait and halloo at the person who is thoughtless enough to kick it.

Though the custom has age to sanction it, I am decidedly opposed to making people — either on the first of April or upon any other day — appear ridiculous in their own eyes as well as in the eyes of every person with whom they come in contact. People will make fools of themselves often enough, without the assistance of others. I wonder why men are not more upon their guard upon this day."
[Palmer Cox, Frontier Humor — 1895]

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