The April Fool Archive

Playing Checkers    (April Fool's Day - 1943)

The April 3 issue of the Saturday Evening Post had an April Fool cover drawn by Norman Rockwell, in which the artist placed 45 "mistakes and incongruities."

Rockwell said he created the cover in order to fix the people who write in about mistakes, but the mistake finders may have got the upper hand. Rockwell later confessed that one man wrote to him from South America claiming to have found 120!

A list of all 45 mistakes appeared inside the magazine:
  1. the trout, the fishhook and the water, all on the stairway (these count as 3 mistakes)
  2. the stairway running behind the fireplace, an architectural impossibility
  3. the mailbox
  4. the faucet
  5. wallpaper upside down
  6. wallpaper has two designs
  7. the scissors candlestick
  8. silhouettes upside down
  9. bacon and egg on the decorative plate
  10. the April-fool clock
  11. the portraits
  12. ducks in the living room
  13. zebra looking out of the frame
  14. mouse looking out of the mantelpiece
  15. a tire for the iron rim of the mantelpiece
  16. medicine bottle and glass floating in the air
  17. fork instead of a spoon on the bottle
  18. the old lady's hip pocket
  19. the newspaper in her pocket
  20. her wedding ring on the wrong hand
  21. buttons on the wrong side of her sweater
  22. crown on her head
  23. Stillson wrench for a nutcracker in her hand
  24. skunk on her lap
  25. she is wearing trousers
  26. she has on ice skates
  27. no checkers on checkerboard
  28. wrong number of squares on checkerboard
  29. too many fingers on old man's hand
  30. erasers on both ends of his pencil
  31. he is wearing a skirt
  32. he has a bird in his pocket
  33. he is wearing roller skates
  34. he has a hoe for a cane
  35. billfold on string tied to his finger
  36. milkweed growing in room
  37. milk bottle on milkweed
  38. deer under chair
  39. dog's paws on deer
  40. mushrooms
  41. woodpecker pecking chair
  42. buckle on man's slipper
  43. artist's signature in reverse

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