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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Temporary Millionaire -- April Fool's Day, 1977
When Linas Gylys noticed that the Continental Illinois Bank had accidentally credited his account with an extra $4,757,000, he waited until April 1st, then went into the bank and requested a certified check made out to one "John H. Perkins." Bank officials hurriedly escorted him into a back office, where they interrogated him for an hour. They only became friendlier when he revealed that the man accompanying him was a reporter, and that John H. Perkins, to whom the check would be made out, was the president of the bank.

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