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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
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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