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What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
“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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