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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Cursed by Allah
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The worms inside your face
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Smell of Beef -- April Fool's Day, 1959
An ad in the Chicago Tribune for Carl Buddig Smoked Sliced Beef not only depicted beef, but smelled like it too. This was achieved by mixing "a 12 per cent concentrate of oil of cassia, oil of clove, and maple syrup — ingredients used in the beef curing process" with the printer's ink. Although the ad ran on April 1st, the Tribune insisted there was "No fooling." It was a real smoked beef smell.

April Fool Categories: Advertising, 1959.
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