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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
£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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