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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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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