On this day: the collapse of the Wisconsin State Capitol

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In one of history’s more successful April Fools’ jokes, in 1933 it was reported in the Madison Capital-Times that the Wisconsin State Capitol had collapsed. X

In one of history’s more successful April Fool jokes, in 1933 it was reported in the Madison Capital-Times that the Wisconsin State Capitol had collapsed. 1st April 1933.

The joke tricked plenty of people, even though the article said: “Officials Say Legislature Generated Too Much Hot Air.”

In one of history’s more successful April Fool jokes, in 1933 it was reported in the Madison Capital-Times that the Wisconsin State Capitol had collapsed.

The article finished by announcing it was an April Fools’ Day joke, but it still prompted angry letter-writers to respond.

The original article:

Extra! Explosions Blow Dome Off State Capitol! Blame Solons; Extra! Officials Say Legislature Generated Too Much Hot Air Wisconsin’s beautiful $8,000,000 capitol building was in ruins today, following a series of mysterious explosions which blasted the majestic dome from its base and sent it crashing through the roof of the east wing. At 7:30 this morning the first mighty explosion occurred, rocking the dome and shattering windows throughout the city. This was followed immediately by two lesser blasts, which sent showers of…

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