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April Fool's Day, 1937
Old Rye Willow Trees. (1937) "Old Rye, N.H.—A freak windstorm spells things in branches of willow trees." [Life, Mar 22, 1937.]
Sandpapers Boat to Fit. (1937) "The Flume, N.H.—Local boy builds boat, finds it too big, sandpapers it down to fit." [Life, Mar 22, 1937.]
Pet Oyster-Eating Hippo. (1937) "Charleston, R.I.—Dr. Harold Sand's pet oyster-eating hippo escapes from backyard." [Life, Mar 22, 1937.]
Parisian Poisson d’Avril. (1937) A Parisian boy pins a paper fish onto the back of a police officer at Porte Saint Denis. Pinning a paper fish (un poisson d'Avril) onto a victim's back was, for centuries, considered to be the traditional April Fool's prank in France, perpetrated primarily by young boys.
George Washington Caught Backwards. (1937) "Boston—General George Washington is caught backwards on his charger in the Public Gardens." [Life, Mar 22, 1937.]

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