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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
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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