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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dial-O-Fish -- April Fool's Day, circa 1970?
Australia's This Day Tonight ran a segment about the "Dial-O-Fish," a new electronic fishing rod that could be set to catch any desired species. A "fishing expert" demonstrated how to use the device. First he dialed up garfish, and soon had caught half a dozen. Next he dialed up tommy ruff. Hundreds of viewers reportedly called in wanting to know where to buy one, and a Japanese manufacturer declared it was ready to go into production immediately.

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