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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Udder Confusion -- April Fool's Day, 1971
"This handsome Holstein, owned by Marvin Vaerst of rural Bemidji, has her directions mixed up. Unlike most cows, she has her milking apparatus to the fore, rather than aft — a condition which has won her entry in Ripley's 'Believe It or Not' and a feature in the national Holstein magazine, 'Cow'. The bovine beauty, despite her peculiarities, has been pronounced fit by veterinarians and Vaerst claims she is one of the best milk producers in his herd. There are some difficulties with 'Confused Cathy', as Vaerst calls her: at calving time, her offspring usually heads to the wrong end for nourishment and has to be taught where dinner can be found. Vaerst says that attaching his milking machine is more difficult, too. (Pioneer Photo by Lirpa Loof)" [Bemidji Daily Pioneer - Apr 1, 1971]

April Fool Categories: Animals, 1971, Photo Hoaxes.
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