This football was the one dropped on a German camp on April 1, 1915 by a French aviator as a prank. When the note on the football is removed, it creates the illusion of a massive explosion. But, the football doesn't explode and nothing is harmed.

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1915 April 1st Fake Bomb Drop


Large Football and Note


Creates the illusion of a massive explosion, but doesn't destroy anything and the football remains




Pulling off the note

Collected by

Agent Brady Brown



Date of Collection




The Geneva Tribune reported that on April 1 a French aviator flying over a German camp dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered that it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, "April Fool!"


While looking for items to sell at a yardsale, a German housewife found the football in storage. She pulled away the note, and believed a massive explosion had happened. After the explosion, she was knocked unconscious from the scare, but waked up to find nothing damaged and the football still there. After a week of the event, Brady went to the woman's house, disguised as a German police officer. He also took a piece of the Rosetta stone, so the woman would hear German while he was speaking English. He managed to take the football to the warehouse and placed it in the hoax section.

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