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The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
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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