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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Street Urchins -- April Fool's Day, 1847

Hurly-Burly what a time! dogs, boys, fops, ladies, carts and wagons. Of all places cities are the greatest on the first of April. The quiet dandy; the romping maid; the mischevious News Boys are all in confusion; the dandy has become the laughing stock of the whole street—he walks along, he rubs his modest moustache—he feels his dignity—he swells; he sees the ladies smile—oh! ye Gods what a happy man! he walks on further—bright Phoebus shines resplendently— he looks to see the sun set forth the latest Parisian Fashion and he beholds his form adorned with papers— he swears, he looks round and sees a gang of boys with their fingers to their faces, he increases his pace and is soon out of sight.
[Prisoner's Friend — Apr 3, 1847]


April Fool Categories: 1800-1849, Street Pranks.
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