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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
£2,030 Tax Refund -- April Fool's Day, 1996
An ad in the London Times announced that everyone in the UK was due a tax refund of £2,030. The fine print revealed that the refund was an "apology" from the Conservative Party, and that to collect the money one needed to write to Conservative Party Headquarters.

In reality, there was no refund heading everyone's way. The ad had been placed by the Labour Party. It was the first time a British political party had run an April Fool's Day ad.


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