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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Fake Fish Photos
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Electrostatic Power Surge Warning -- April Fool's Day, 1991
WAQY-FM morning disc jockey David Lee warned his listeners of an "electrostatic power surge" that would happen between 7:30 and 7:45 AM. He told them to protect themselves by unplugging appliances and taping up wall sockets with electrical tape.

The local utility company received over 50 calls from people seeking to verify the warning, provoking it to send a letter of complaint to WAQY, calling the prank "beyond the bounds of having fun on April Fool's Day." It noted that one person had disconnected life-sustaining equipment "in order to avoid the consequences your announcer warned of."

No charges were brought against the station because the FCC determined that it had broken no federal law.

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