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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
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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