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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Texas Honors the Boston Strangler -- April Fool's Day, 1971
The Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution honoring Albert DeSalvo, noting that he had been "officially recognized by the state of Massachusetts for his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology." The resolution further noted that "this compassionate gentleman's dedication and devotion to his work has enabled the weak and lonely, throughout the nation, to achieve and maintain a few degrees of concern for their future."

DeSalvo was more widely known as the "Boston Strangler." He had confessed to killing 13 women.

The resolution was sponsored by Representatives Tom Moore and Lane Denton, who said they intended to demonstrate that "No one reads these bills or resolutions. If someone gets up and says it's a good proposal, then everybody votes yes without reading it or even giving it a good second thought."

Moore subsequently withdrew the resolution, saying only that he had "changed my mind."

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