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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Fake Fish Photos
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
“Berri Berri Funny” -- April Fool's Day, 1986
Israel Radio broadcast that Nabih Berri, leader of the Shi'ite Amal movement, had been assassinated. The news caused an immediate flaring of tensions in the region. However, Israeli officials quickly denounced the report as a hoax. The false report was traced back to an army intelligence officer who had planted the news item in the broadcasts of the Israeli Army's intelligence monitoring unit, from which it had been picked up by Israel Radio. Israel's Defence Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, announced that the unnamed officer would be court-martialed. Most commentators found the hoax to be in poor taste. "Berri Berri funny," one foreign correspondent commented.

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