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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Beeping Cylinder -- April Fool's Day, 1958

W.D. Loy of Charlotte, North Carolina first heard a loud bang, then a series of beeps coming from his front yard. He went out to investigate and found on his lawn a silvery cylinder shaped like a missile with an antenna protruding from the top.

Loy sent his family into the basement to hide, then called the police, and carried the object into the center of the road. Meanwhile, a crowd had gathered to look at the strange object. The suspicion was that it was some kind of Soviet satellite, similar to Sputnik.

But when the police arrived, they unscrewed the bolts holding the object together and found inside a beeping electric bicycle horn, as well as a note that read, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. April fool!"

The photo shows Officer K.K. Scott posing by the device and reading the note.

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