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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
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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