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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Use your left ear to detect lies
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
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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