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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
A black lion: real or fake?
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
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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