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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Taxes Fund Private Club -- April Fool's Day, 1965
The Kokomo Tribune, based in Kokomo, Indiana, reported that city officials planned to increase local property taxes in order to fund construction of "a modern and handsomely furnished health and social club for local public officials." The article pointed out that "our public officials are hard-working individuals who deserve a convenient place for recreation." It went on to quote a local official who said, "We believe the idea will be well received by our citizens. It will mean an increase in taxes, but this is well accepted by people when they realize that it is for a good thing."


April Fool Categories: Government, Taxation, Newspapers, United States, 1965.
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