Wisconsin Capitol Collapses
April 1, 1933 – Madison, WI
The Capital-Times ran this photo on its front page

“Wisconsin’s beautiful $8 million capitol was in ruins today, following a series of mysterious explosions which blasted the majestic dome from its base.”
The explosions were said to have begun at 7:30 AM, followed by smaller blasts that
“sent showers of granite chips down upon the heads of pedestrians.”

“Authorities were considering the possibility that large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers, had in some way been ignited, causing the first blast.”

Despite the fact that the story concluded with the words “April Fool” many readers were upset. One particularly irate reader wrote in

"There is such a thing as carrying a joke too far and this one was not only tactless and void of humor, but also a hideous jest."