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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The worms inside your face
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Victory Garden Gadget Company -- April Fool's Day, 1943
The Elkhart, Indiana Daily Truth reported on a local company that manufactured devices such as the "Chasemaway" to protect Victory Gardens:

"The 'Chasemaway' is merely an adaptation of an old idea. A small phonograph, with loud-speaker attachment, is to operate at regular intervals. Every hour, on the hour, for example, the mechanism will start, and the 'Chasemaway' will shout, 'Gitthelloutahere.' This one is designed primarily for use in the rural areas; more refined language will be provided for those sold for use in town."

April Fool Categories: Strange Inventions, 1943, Fictitious Companies.
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