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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
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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