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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The worms inside your face
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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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