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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Use your left ear to detect lies
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Flypaper Report, 1943
During World War II, the illustrator Hugh Troy was given a desk job stateside. He found it excruciatingly boring. So to amuse himself he began preparing Daily Flypaper Reports in the style of standard army regulations. These were counts, printed on official-looking paper, of all the flies trapped on flypaper in the mess hall during the last twenty-four hours. He analyzed the results according to wind direction, nearness to windows, nearness to the kitchen, length of the flypaper, etc. He then would mimeograph the report and slip it in among the other official forms submitted to headquarters each day.

After keeping this up for a month, he received a call from an officer in another comapny: "Lieutenant, Can you tell me the proper procedure for filing fly reports? We've been catching hell from the Pentagon for not sending them in."

Links and References
  • Spong, Richard. (Mar 19, 1972). "Daily Flypaper Reports: An Historic Hoaxist." The Washington Post.
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