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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
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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