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Fake Fish Photos
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Canada Buys Ely -- April Fool's Day, 2008
The Chamber of Commerce of Ely, Minnesota announced that Canada had expressed interest in buying the town and moving it north of the US/Canada border. In response to the offer, the town launched a "Keep Ely in Minnesota" campaign. Other buyers said to be interested in the town were Kansas, Oklahoma, Uzbekistan and a private party who wanted to move Ely to the South Pacific. The Ely Tourism Board subsequently said it dreamed up the hoax as a way to remind tourists that "we're still here." Reportedly, one woman phoned up the Chamber of Commerce in a panic, worried about what would happen to her property once the town moved to Canada.

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