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The Naked Office


Did a San Francisco company boost morale by having its employees all work in their birthday suits for a month?

Nepal Quake Victims Photo


Following the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, numerous pictures of the aftermath of the tragedy were shared on social media.

Burger With a Side of Fries


Do Mr. Burger and Mr. Fries really have tombstones next to each other? I recently saw this image posted on reddit, where it was met with some skepticism.

Manhole Cover on Stairs


This image has circulated online since at least 2013, and recently it's been doing the rounds again. Often it's given the caption, "Best Manhole Cover.

The Composite Princetonian


On March 27, 1940, the front page of The Daily Princetonian carried a photo that it described as the "Composite Princetonian." It explained that the photo had been created by a campus literary society, the In & Out Club, whose members had spent four months analyzing the photos of 2,100 Princeton undergrads, and had then selected 12 who best exemplified the varieties of types on campus.

Killer Whale Attacks Bear


Does this photo show a killer whale attacking a bear? No big surprise here. The photo is fake. I'm not sure how many people actually ever believed it was real, but Snopes reported that a number of people "pondered it seriously and questioned its authenticity." The photo originated as an April Fool's Day joke posted on the Heart of Vancouver Island Facebook page.

Edward Mordake—A Mystery Solved


In which I argue that the two-faced man Edward Mordake was really the literary creation of the 19th-century poet Charles Lotin Hildreth.

The Origin of the Word Canard


'Canard' is the French word for duck, but in both French and English it can also mean a false or absurd story, particularly one printed in a newspaper.

Oomedoodle Bird


The Oomedoodle is a legless bird native to Australia. It is so named because of the distinctive cry it makes every time it lands on its exposed nether regions: "Oomedoodle!

Touching wires means instant death and prosecution!


Throughout much of the 20th Century, the following anecdote (in various forms) ran in many newspapers: Outside a power station is a sign reading: "To touch these wires means instant death.

Football Streaker Video

Grainy video of a streaker at a football game was posted online in late March and quickly went viral, with over 2 millions views in less than 2 days.

Kenya’s Best April Fools


Standard Digital News offers a round-up of April Fool's Day hoaxes that's a bit different. The 10 best ever from Kenya.

The Left-Handed Whopper


For many years, I've had Burger King's left-handed whopper hoax from 1998 listed as one of the most popular April Fool hoaxes of all time.

Top 100 Fools, and other stuff


I haven't posted on the front page in far too long. But I haven't been ignoring the site. I was busy pursuing one of my own personal obsessions, which was creating a complete archive of the history of April Fool's Day.

The Hundred-Million-Dollar Robbery of the U.S. Treasury


On April 1, 1905 the Berliner Tageblatt broke the news of a shocking and massive crime. All the gold and silver in the U.S.

Brides for Liechtenstein


Back in 1928, the weekly German periodical Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung published an article in its early April issue about a Bride Import company that had been created to supply wives to the men of Liechtenstein.

Lard From Live Pigs


Daily News - May 1921In May 1921, a story ran in the British Daily News about an unusual advance in pig farming.

Dachshunds listed in Social Directory


The Social Directory of the United States, published in 1939, described itself as an authoritative listing of "prominent [American] families who through culture, ancestry, tradition and aristocracy of achievement have risen and maintained the heights of social leadership." Being included in the directory was no easy achievement, its publisher promised.

Konstant Kitten


The website KonstantKitten.com claims to offer a service that's like a Netflix for kittens. They'll ship you an adorable kitten.

Self-Kidnapping Attempt Goes Awry


From the incompetent criminals file: Back in 1974, 20-year-old Kenneth Lutz of Grand Terrace, California thought he had found an easy way to scam his parents.


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