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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Cursed by Allah
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Apollo Bacteria Cause Lunar Erosion -- April Fool's Day, 2005
Nature.com reported that images of the Moon taken by the Floating Optical Orbital Lens (F.O.O.L.) revealed the moon to be disintegrating. The cause was hypothesized to be bacteria left behind by the Apollo lunar mission:

"Pictures captured by an orbiting spacecraft have revealed that the Moon is being heavily eroded. Images of the lunar surface reveal deep cracks and holes that are slowly but surely releasing gas and dust into space. 'This is serious,' says Brad Kawalkowizc, an astrogeologist from the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre in Belgium, who has analysed the pictures. 'There really is less Moon up there than there used to be.' If the process continues, he adds, the Moon could eventually crumble away to nothing."

April Fool Categories: Space and Astronomy, 2005.
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