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A black lion: real or fake?
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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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