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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Bearskin Helmets Need Trimming -- April Fool's Day, 1980
Soldier, the magazine of the British Army, revealed that the fur on the bearskin helmets worn by the Irish guards while on duty at Buckingham Palace keeps growing and needs to be regularly trimmed:
The most hair-raising fact about the bearskins has been discovered by scientists recently. The skins retain an original hormone, which lives on after the animal has been skinned. Scientists call it otiose and it is hoped it can be put to use in medical research — especially into baldness.

The article quoted Maj. Ursa who noted, "Bears hibernate in the winter and the amazing thing is that in the spring the skins really start to sprout." An accompanying photo showed Guardsmen sitting in an army barbershop having their helmets trimmed. The story was picked up by the London Daily Express and run as a straight story.

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