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Outrageous April Fools’ Day advertisements of Plainsmans past

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This is nothing to joke about, even on April Fools’ Day.

We’re not sure when it started or when it stopped, but once upon an Auburn the Plainsman used April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to vent its frustrations with campus culture to varying degrees of satirical success.

The paper’s April Fools’ edition would often be renamed. There was the Alabama Polytechnic Institute Plowman (“To Fester The Auburn Spirit”—1966), The Auburn Plainboy (“To Pester The Auburn Spirit”—1967), The Weekly Reeker (1968), The Auburn Painsman (1969) The Perverted Press (1970), The Auburn Plainsperson (1979), even… Dear God… the Auburn Tidesman (1974, with “AU absorbed into University of Alabama” above the fold, a photo of AU President Harry Philpott superimposed onto the body of Auburn’s first streaker below). Coverage focused primarily (and suggestively, in the most politically incorrect of terms) on the various freak accidents, crazy capers, and double entendre’d-debauchery of Dean “Joy Boy” Foy, as well as the suddenly libertine policies of Dean Katharine Cater.

But it’s the frivolously farcical fake ads that offer the truest—and quickest—taste of a time when you could pretty much print anything in a student newspaper.

agnew  69
1969.
au bokstore 70
1970.
beat ma 67
1967.
buck fama '79
1979.
campus drugged 70
1970.
creep 70
1970.
gypem 69
1969.
gypem and capone 68
1968.
heartburn of auburn 70
1979.
mag dorm 67
1967.
oscar 67
1967.
pigs 67
1967.
sani-flush ad april fools 4 1 79
1979.
shanty tramp 69
1969.
tip to coeds 70
1970.
wares 79
1979.
women schizos 67
1967.
slanders 70
1979.

Related: Photo of Bear Bryant ‘drying out’ in 1979 April Fools’ edition of the Auburn Plainsman.

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