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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Earth’s Axis To Be Shifted -- April Fool's Day, 1986
The British Department of Energy ran a full-page ad in the Times and Guardian newspapers announcing that the earth's axis would be shifted at 11:02 a.m. that day in order to warm Britain's climate and conserve energy. The advertisement, which reportedly cost £18,000 to place, included a map of how the earth would look after the shift. At the bottom of the ad appeared the phrase 'April Fuel.' The Department later explained that it placed the ad in order to provoke thought about energy conservation. However, the ad received some criticism. Mr Stan Orme, shadow energy secretary, remarked, "This is an outrageous expenditure of public money. Let us hope this is the last time we see such expensive nonsense."


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