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The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Samsung invents the on/off switch
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Use your left ear to detect lies
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
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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