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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Fake Fish Photos
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The British Weather Machine -- April Fool's Day, 1981
The Guardian reported that scientists at Britain's research labs in Pershore had "developed a machine to control the weather." A series of articles explained that, "Britain will gain the immediate benefit of long summers, with rainfall only at night, and the Continent will have whatever Pershore decides to send it." Readers were also assured that Pershore scientists would make sure that it snowed every Christmas in Britain. A photograph showed a scruffy-looking scientist surrounded by scientific equipment, with the caption, "Dr. Chisholm-Downright expresses quiet satisfaction as a computer printout announces sunshine in Pershore and a forthcoming blizzard over Marseilles."




"Dr. Chisholm-Downright expresses quiet satisfaction as a computer print-out
announces sunshine in Pershore and a forthcoming blizzard over Marseilles."

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