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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Fake Fish Photos
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Washing the Lions -- April Fool's Day, 1857
Late in March 1860 numerous people throughout London received the following invitation:
"Tower of London—Admit Bearer and Friend to view annual ceremony of Washing the White Lions on Sunday, April 1, 1860. Admittance only at White Gate. It is particularly requested that no gratuities be given to wardens or attendants."

By twelve o’clock on April 1st a large crowd had gathered outside the tower. However, no lions had been kept in the tower for decades, so the people went home disappointed. This prank had a very long pedigree. An instance of it was recorded as far back as 1698. For decades, it had been regularly perpetrated (on a smaller scale) upon unsuspecting out-of-towners. (See article: Washing the Lions)

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