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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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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