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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
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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