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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
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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