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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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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