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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Fake Fish Photos
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
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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