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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Water to be shut off -- April Fool's Day, 1965
Printed leaflets were distributed throughout Stockholm informing people that the water company was soon going to cut off the water. Housewives were urged to fill the bathtub and whatever containers they had with water while "certain adjustments" were made to the water system. The water company, after receiving hundreds of calls, eventually issued an official denial, blaming the leaflets on an unknown prankster. [Appleton Post-Crescent, Apr 1, 1965.]

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