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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Cursed by Allah
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Exploding Maple Trees -- April Fool's Day, 2005
NPR's All Things Considered ran a segment on a drop in maple syrup consumption, triggered by the low-carb craze, which supposedly was causing a serious problem for New England's maple-tree industry: exploding maple trees. The announcer reported: "An untapped tree is a time bomb ready to go off… The trees explode like gushers, causing injuries and sometimes death. If untended, quiet stands of Nature's sweeteners can turn into spindly demons of destruction. The Vermont Health Board reports 87 fatalities, 140 maimings, and a dozen decapitations, caused by sap-build-up explosions this year."

April Fool Categories: Botany, Food and Drink, Radio, United States, 2005, NPR.
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