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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
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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