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Thai Menam Bey -- April Fool's Day, 1930
Over a thousand cards were sent to notables throughout Rome, including dowagers, diplomats, and society folks, inviting them to the Excelsior hotel (shown) to listen to the Turkish savant "Thai Menam Bey" who would explain how he had arrived at the impressive age of 205.

Traffic became so heavy around the hotel that extra policemen were needed to keep order.

April Fool Categories: Freelance Pranksters, Italy, 1930, Wild Goose Chase.
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