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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Belgium Divides -- April Fool's Day, 1992
The London Times reported that formal negotiations were underway for the purpose of dividing Belgium in half. The Dutch-speaking north would join the Netherlands and the French-speaking south would join France. An editorial in the paper lamented, "The fun will go from that favorite parlor game: Name five famous Belgians." The report apparently fooled the British foreign office minister Tristan Garel-Jones who almost went on a TV interview prepared to discuss this "important" story. The Belgian embassy also received numerous calls from journalists and expatriate Belgians seeking to confirm the news. A rival paper later criticized the prank, declaring, "The Times's effort could only be defined as funny if you find the very notion of Belgium hilarious."

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