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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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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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