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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Cursed by Allah
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
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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