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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Cursed by Allah
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Lung-Powered Flying Machine
The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung ran this photo in its April Fool's Day edition to illustrate a (joke) story about a flying machine powered by the breath from a man's lungs. The man demonstrating the machine was identified as Erich Koycher. International News Photo, believing the story to be true, distributed the photo to its American subscribers. As a consequence, it subsequently appeared as factual news in many American papers, including in the New York Times. "Koycher" was a pun on the German word "keuchen," meaning to wheeze or gasp for breath.

Links and References
Man Flies By Own Lung Power, April Fool's Day Archive.


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