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Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
“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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