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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
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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