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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
All Your Base Are Belong To Us -- April Fool's Day, 2003
Twenty signs appeared in various locations throughout Sturgis, Michigan reading, "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." The signs were a reference to a well-known quotation from a badly translated Japanese video game. The signs were put up by 7 young men, who intended them as an April Fools joke. Unfortunately, many residents didn't get the joke, thinking that the signs somehow referred to the war in Iraq. The police didn't understand them either. Police Chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a borderline terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean." The seven men were arrested.

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