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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Azcot -- April Fool's Day, 1999
The Tucson Weekly revealed that the Disney Corporation was planning to build a 150 square-mile theme park in Kokopelli County, Arizona. The park, which would be like a 21st century EPCOT, was code-named Azcot. It would include "a simulated Colorado River adventure, featuring raft-like carts which travel on submerged rails through a 1/4-scale fiberglass replica of the Grand Canyon," as well as "a cliff-dweller city featuring animatronic Anasazi grinding corn and weaving baskets," and Duckville, "a frontier town so expansive that if it were real, it would be the seventh largest city in Arizona, complete with covered-wagon monorail and a complex municipal stagecoach system." Lawyers for Disney had supposedly tried to suppress publication of the article before the Tucson Weekly went to print with the scoop.

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