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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
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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