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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Cursed by Allah
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Critics of Catholicism receive Catholic medal -- April Fool's Day, 1925
The French government received a message from Athens, Greece, sent via official channels, announcing that three prominent Parisian critics of Catholicism had been awarded the Order of the Redeemer, the highest decoration awarded by the Greek government. The decoration is considered a high honor among Catholics, since it symbolizes the rebirth of the Greek nation through divine assistance. The three men who supposedly had been awarded the medal were M. Ferdinand Buisson and M. Aulard of the Sorbonne, and M. Victor Basch of the University of Paris. In reality, the decorations had been conferred on less controversial figures. It was not known who had found a way to use the Greek government to play such a joke. Ferdinand Buisson was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. [The Washington Post, Apr 19, 1925.]

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