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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
“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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