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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
A black lion: real or fake?
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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