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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Downloadable Money -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Abbey National, a British bank, revealed an April Fool's Day joke that never came to fruition. It planned to offer its customers the ability to download and print money from their home computer. An Abbey National employee said, ""We were going to say that it would suit all those couch potatoes who don't want to go to the bank to get their money out. We would make available a system where you could download money from your personal computer and print it out on paper at home." However, the Bank of England, citing concerns about encouraging forgery, strongly advised Abbey National not to proceed with their joke.

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