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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
A black lion: real or fake?
Cursed by Allah
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
A Meeting in Augsburg -- April Fool's Day, 1530
According to legend, a meeting of lawmakers was supposed to occur in Augsburg on April 1, 1530 in order to unify the state coinage. Unscrupulous speculators, who had knowledge of it beforehand, began to trade currencies in preparation, to profit from the change. However, because of time considerations, the meeting didn't take place, and the law wasn't enacted. So the speculators who had bet on the meeting occurring, lost their money and were ridiculed. German folklore has it that this was the origin of the custom of playing pranks on April 1.


Augsburg, circa 1500

April Fool Categories: Germany, Before 1700.
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