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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Inventor of the Period -- April Fool's Day, 1956
Writing in The Saturday Review, K. Jason Sitewell discussed the biography of Kohmar Pehriad (544-493 BC), inventor of punctuation in written language, and more specifically of the period. Pehriad traveled throughout Ancient Greece, Rome, Persia, North Africa, and Asia promoting the use of the period. He also promoted use of the comma, which, like the period, was subsequently named after him (Kohmar). His son, Apos-Trophe Pehriad, introduced further markings, such as quotation marks and apostrophes. "The period did not come about by accident," Sitewell noted. "Someone had to invent it and fight for it."

April Fool Categories: Literary, Magazines and Journals, 1956.
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