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Cursed by Allah
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Thai Menam Bey -- April Fool's Day, 1930
Over a thousand cards were sent to notables throughout Rome, including dowagers, diplomats, and society folks, inviting them to the Excelsior hotel (shown) to listen to the Turkish savant "Thai Menam Bey" who would explain how he had arrived at the impressive age of 205.



Traffic became so heavy around the hotel that extra policemen were needed to keep order.

April Fool Categories: Freelance Pranksters, Italy, 1930, Wild Goose Chase.
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