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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Fake Fish Photos
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
A black lion: real or fake?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Take This Job and Shove It -- April Fool's Day, 1986
Charlie Bee, a disc jockey at country music station WAPG-AM in Arcadia, Florida, locked himself in the station's studio while repeatedly broadcasting Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It." He explained to listeners that he was "fed up" with not receiving an adequate salary and would play the song until his employers agreed to give him a raise. Police eventually arrived and escorted him out of the building. The next disc jockey in the studio, Bill Madison, dedicated the song to Bee and played it one last time. However, the entire incident turned out to have been a staged prank with which the police were cooperating.

April Fool Categories: Radio, United States, 1986, Employment.
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