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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Stuffed Giraffe Stops Traffic -- April Fool's Day, 1970
Motorists passing the Garrison home on Lake Road North, in Clarkson, New York, saw what appeared to be a nine-foot giraffe tied to a tree. "Jerome the Giraffe" was tied up there from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when the Garrisons had to remove him because he was causing a traffic jam.

The giraffe (stuffed, of course) belonged to the Garrison's daughter, Debbie. It had originally been made for a store promotion in Texas and had been shipped north to New York state as a gift to a friend. [Brockport Republic-Democrat - Apr 16, 1970]

April Fool Categories: 1970, Street Pranks.
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