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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The worms inside your face
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Big Ben Goes Digital -- April Fool's Day, 1980
The BBC's overseas service reported that Big Ben was going to be given a digital readout. The news elicited a huge response from listeners shocked and angry about the change. "Surprisingly, few people thought it was funny," admitted Tony Lightley of the overseas service.

The same news report also claimed that the clock hands would be given away to the first four listeners to contact the station. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in, hoping to be among the lucky callers.

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