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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Use your left ear to detect lies
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Cursed by Allah
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
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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