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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Cursed by Allah
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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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