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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Federally Funded Health Care for Pets -- April Fool's Day, 2002
NPR's All Things Considered reported that the Bush administration had proposed extending universal health care to pets. The measure was designed to assist all animals, including "Your dog, your cat, your iguana, your great komodo dragon."

However, the proposal was meeting with opposition: "James Cardigan, spokesman for the group People Are People Too, fears the federal government could get tangled in massive legal liability by letting nature simply take its course. For example, he told Rovner, what if a hamster covered by federal health care is eaten by a snake also covered by the federal government? 'This is where it starts -- where does it stop?'"

The cost of the proposal was estimated at a mere $345-trillion.

April Fool Categories: Animals, 2002, Stupid Laws, NPR.
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