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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Alien Invasion of Jafr -- April Fool's Day, 2010
Jordan's Al-Ghad newspaper ran a front-page article describing the landing of three extraterrestrial spaceships the previous night in the desert outside the town of Jafr, in eastern Jordan. It reported that ten-foot tall, humanoid creatures emerged from the ships, speaking a language that sounded like "squawking." Their presence caused all electronics in the region to stop working. The ships also emitted an intense heat. Terrified local residents fled in panic, but after an hour and forty minutes, the alien visitors departed, leaving three large scorch marks on the ground.

Many of the residents of Jafr, unaccustomed to April 1st hoaxes, believed the article to be true. Frightened students didn't go to school, and the Mayor of Jafr considered evacuating all of the town's 13,000 residents (but ultimately decided not to). Security personnel searched for the aliens in the desert, but found nothing.

Al Ghad's managing editor later apologized for the article, saying "We meant to entertain, not scare people."

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