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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
CBS Newsmen Buy Local Weekly -- April Fool's Day, 1981
The Connecticut Gazette, a weekly paper based in Old Lyme, Connecticut, announced it was being purchased by the CBS newsmen Walter Cronkite and Charles Kuralt, who owned a vacation home in nearby Essex, Connecticut. Although the story was not true, it was picked up by the New York Post and run as fact several months later. The Post was forced to admit its blunder several days later.

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