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
The joke tricked plenty of people, even though the article said: “Officials Say Legislature Generated Too Much Hot Air.”
The article finished by announcing it was an April Fools’ Day joke, but it still prompted angry letter-writers to respond.
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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