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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
A black lion: real or fake?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Usual Gags -- April Fool's Day, 1940
The Los Angeles Times reported that "old April Fool gags" characterized the celebration of April 1st:

"The old gags of soapy sandwiches, wax apples for the teacher, and the stand-bys of 'Your shoestring's untied,' and 'There's a bug on your neck' were pulled again and again and for some reason unknown to anybody they drew a laugh of some degree each time."

April Fool Categories: Freelance Pranksters, United States, 1940.
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