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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dog wins art contest, 1974
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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