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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
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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