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Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Stupid Safecracker -- April Fool's Day, 1960
An attempted robbery was reported in El Rio, California. A burglar spent hours using an acetylene torch to try to cut open a safe in the Leonard Anderson Well Drilling Co. office. When he failed at this, he tried to guess the combination. Finally, he gave up and left. Fred Rush, manager of the company, commented, "He just wouldn't believe the sign. We put it there because we don't know the combination. Now the joke's on us. When the yeggman tried to work the combination he set the lock and now we can't open the safe ourselves."

The sign on the safe (which the burglar ignored) read, "This safe is not locked." It wasn't. [Los Angeles Times - Apr 2, 1960.]

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