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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Bolivia Forced to Adopt Daylight Savings Time -- April Fool's Day, 2009
The Democracy Center, an organization founded to advance global social justice, posted on its website that Bolivian President Evo Morales had accused the United States of engaging in a clandestine effort to force Bolivia to adopt Daylight Savings Time. The article quoted Morales as saying, "We have seen the government of the U.S. try to undermine our democracy, block us from the lawful export of coca products, and smuggle in munitions. But now we see that these conspirators also have their sights set on changing our clocks. We denounce this before the world community." The news was initially reposted as fact by a few blogs, including the Huffington Post, before it was identified as an April Fool's Day joke.

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