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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
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The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
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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