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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
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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