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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Canada Buys Arizona -- April Fool's Day, 1988
NPR's All Things Considered revealed that the Reagan administration had decided to sell the state of Arizona to Canada. Money from the sale would help reduce the national debt, and Canada, for its part, as the Canadian ambassador to the US explained, was eager to acquire a warm-water port "and this was the best we could do."

Former governor of Arizona Bruce Babbitt, who had recently dropped out of the race for the presidency, had been offered the job of running the new province. He had accepted the position, saying it was apparent that Canada had "greater faith in my ability to lead."

However, the sale was going to cause possible complications in the world of professional football, since the St. Louis Cardinals had been scheduled to move to Phoenix. But the NFL forbid teams from locating outside the country, and Phoenix was now going to become a foreign city.

April Fool Categories: International Relations, United States, 1988, NPR.
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