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Roundup of April Fool’s day links – there will definitely be some overlap in these collections of pranks and hoaxes (for example, no list would be complete without Burger King’s 1998 full page ad for the Left-handed Whopper or the BBC’s excellent 1957 Spaghetti Tree hoax), but there is a lot of different stuff, as well, at each of the links. Feel free to add more in the comments!

The Origin of April Fool’s Day.

Free and Cheap April Fools’ Day Pranks.

Awesome April Fool’s Day Pranks Your Kids Will Totally Fall For.

April Fool’s Day idea: Make your own meatloaf donuts.

10 Serious Things That Happened on April 1

6 People Who Went to Great Lengths for their Pranks.

How To Easily Create A Realistic Looking Head In A Jar.

The 14 Greatest Hoaxes of All Time and Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. Also, The Top 10 Worst April Fool’s Day Hoaxes Ever.

Ambrose Bierce on April Fool’s day from the Devil’s Dictionary:

April Fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include the FBI’s colossal pre-computer fingerprint factory,  the day Niagara Falls ran dry (with bonus Niagara Falls sketch done by Abbott & Costello and by The Three Stooges), the demonic origins of ventriloquism, the effect on fish of Prozac (and similar drugs) in the water, and, for Van Gogh’s birthday, his recently-discovered sketchbooks and the unexpected math behind “Starry Night”


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