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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
A black lion: real or fake?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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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