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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Cursed by Allah
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Street Urchins -- April Fool's Day, 1847

Hurly-Burly what a time! dogs, boys, fops, ladies, carts and wagons. Of all places cities are the greatest on the first of April. The quiet dandy; the romping maid; the mischevious News Boys are all in confusion; the dandy has become the laughing stock of the whole street—he walks along, he rubs his modest moustache—he feels his dignity—he swells; he sees the ladies smile—oh! ye Gods what a happy man! he walks on further—bright Phoebus shines resplendently— he looks to see the sun set forth the latest Parisian Fashion and he beholds his form adorned with papers— he swears, he looks round and sees a gang of boys with their fingers to their faces, he increases his pace and is soon out of sight.
[Prisoner's Friend — Apr 3, 1847]


April Fool Categories: 1800-1849, Street Pranks.
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