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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The worms inside your face
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Atomic Mist Invades Eindhoven -- April Fool's Day, 1947
The Eindhoven Dagblad reported that the Dutch town of Eindhoven would be destroyed the next day by an "atomic mist" blowing into the town. Panic resulted. Town residents made frantic plans to leave, especially those living near the Philips Incandescent Lamp Company's factories and laboratories, Eindhoven's main industry. Numerous radio announcements were made to calm residents and assure them that the story was false. Municipal authorities considered legal action against the newspaper.

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