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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Bank Teller Fees -- April Fool's Day, 1999
The Savings Bank of Rockville, a small, Connecticut-based bank, placed an ad in the Journal-Inquirer announcing that from that point forward it would be charging a $5 fee to customers who visited a live teller. The ad, which appeared on March 31, claimed that the fee was necessary in order to provide, "professional, caring and superior customer service." Although the ad was a joke, many customers did not perceive it as such. One woman reportedly closed her account at the bank because of it. The bank ran a second ad later revealing that the initial ad was a joke. The bank manager commented that the ad really "commits us to not charging such fees."

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