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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Day Lost to Stronger Trade Winds -- April Fool's Day, 2004
Nature.com reported a startling discovery made by astronomers. The increasing force of trade winds had slightly accelerated the spin of the Earth. As a consequence the length of the day had decreased over the past century, meaning that the calendar was now inaccurate: "Just as February has an extra day in leap years, we conclude that March ought to have 30 days once every 100 years, not 31… If we start the adjustments this year we should be back on track." In other words, "today should be 2 April, not 1 April."

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