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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Cursed by Allah
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Talking Pelican -- April Fool's Day, 1979
The Sunday News-Journal in Daytona Beach reported the discovery of a talking pelican, found by a Georgia tourist, Sam P. Suggins, when the pelican asked Suggins for fish as he was walking along a dock. Unfortunately the pelican would not talk to anyone else. Nor was it very bright, as Suggins remarked that it said “Kitty” while looking at a small dog. The article noted that there have been recorded instances of sailors teaching pelicans to speak, just as parrots can be taught to speak, and theorized that this must have been such a case.

April Fool Categories: Animals, Birds, Newspapers, United States, 1979.
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