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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Taxes Fund Private Club -- April Fool's Day, 1965
The Kokomo Tribune, based in Kokomo, Indiana, reported that city officials planned to increase local property taxes in order to fund construction of "a modern and handsomely furnished health and social club for local public officials." The article pointed out that "our public officials are hard-working individuals who deserve a convenient place for recreation." It went on to quote a local official who said, "We believe the idea will be well received by our citizens. It will mean an increase in taxes, but this is well accepted by people when they realize that it is for a good thing."


April Fool Categories: Government, Taxation, Newspapers, United States, 1965.
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