P. T. Barnum: Cherry-Colored Cat
"Accounts of the cherry-colored cat in jokelore indicate that the trick was practiced during the eighteenth century. A century later P. T. Barnum, a past master of trickery, is said to have been a victim of it. A man from Vermont wrote offering him a cherry-colored cat for $100. Always on the lookout for rare attractions for his show, he replied that he would send the money on condition that the creature was guaranteed to be genuinely, not artificially, cherry-colored. Upon receipt of the guarantee, Barnum sent the money, and shortly afterward received a small crate. "When Barnum had it opened, a black cat jumped out. Around itsneck was a ribbon from which hung a note: 'Up in Vermont,' itread, 'the cherries are black!'"