Fool's Gold on April Fool's Day

Few would argue that politics can be a foolish game, but who knew all these improbable things were actually true.Fittingly on April 1, The Washington Post unmasked some truths about American politics that seem like April Fool's Day leg-pulls. Thanks to Jaime Fuller of The Fix for collecting this batch of improbable truthiness:

  • The U.S. Senate voted in 1928 for funding to knock down the walls of its chamber because of bad air.

  • There actually is a rocket scientist in the U.S. House — Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey — who proved he was smart by beating supercomputer Watson at Jeopardy!

  • A research librarian at the Jefferson library has posted a website containing quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson that he never said. 

  • Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends for her Senate campaign.

  • Abraham Lincoln is sneaking on Jesus for most books written about him, Lincoln now has 15,000 devoted to his life.

  • "The Ron Paul Family Cookbook," which features recipes such as "How to Eat Like a Republican: Or Hold the Mayo, Muffy – I'm Feeling Miracle Whipped Tonight," has sold more than 400,000 copies.

  • A Farleigh Dickinson University poll in 2013 found 23 percent of Americans believed President George W. Bush knew about the 9/11 terrorist attacks before they occurred. 

  • Utah Senator Mike Lee serves Jell-O every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in his Senate office.

  • Andrew Dolan, whose published works include "The Sudden Death of Michael Jackson" and "How to Pull an All-Nighter," has written "The Taft Diet," a low-carb regimen that helped President Howard Taft shed 76 pounds. The diet pooh-poohs mutton, butter and sweets.

  • The United States has accumulated a menagerie of odd laws such as Alabama statute that forbids fake mustaches in church if it makes the congregation guffaw. It is also illegal for monkeys in South Bend to smoke cigarettes. In Alaska, it's an offence to push a live moose out of a moving plane.

  • American politicians, perhaps emulating Alfred Hitchcock, like to show up in cameo appearances on TV and in movies, such as House Speaker Tip O'Neill on "Cheers," Arizona Senator John McCain in "Wedding Crashers" and Richard Nixon on "Laugh In."