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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
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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