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The Yenom Tree -- April Fool's Day, 1963
VIEW magazine revealed the existence of the Yenom Tree, a "rare perennial" owned by Mrs. Loo Flirpa of Appleton, Wisconsin. This tree, "intensively bred to resemble the Pelf Pines and Gelt Gardenias of an earlier day," sprouted "bright, green American one-dollar bills with uniformly high serial numbers."

In an unusual mutation, this year the Yenom Tree had also sprouted a "flawless five-dollar bill."

It was further revealed that Mrs. Flirpa had entered into "an exclusive arrangement with the U.S. Mint to sell Yenom tree seedlings through a system of greenhouses to be operated through local offices of the Federal Reserve System."

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