The April Fool Archive

The April Fool's Day "Wallet on a String" Prank

In which a prankster ties a string to a wallet. He places the wallet in the street and hides behind a corner. When a victim reaches for the wallet, the prankster yanks it away.

The Purse on a String Prank (1861)

[Harper's Weekly — Apr 1, 1861] More…

The Smart Boy (1939)

"The smart boy who stepped on the string before picking up the wallet."