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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
A black lion: real or fake?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Boston Globe Price Cut -- April Fool's Day, 1915
Readers of the Boston Morning Globe could have purchased their papers for half the cost on April Fool's Day, if they had been alert. The price listed on the front page had been lowered from "Two Cents Per Copy" to "One Cent." But almost 60,000 copies of the paper were sold before anyone noticed the unannounced price change. When the management of the Globe found out about the change, they were just as surprised as everyone else. The new price turned out to be the responsibility of a mischievous production worker who had surreptitiously inserted the lower value at the last minute as the paper went to print.

April Fool Categories: Newspapers, United States, 1915, Phony Bargains.
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