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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Fire alarm pulled -- April Fool's Day, 1923
The Newburyport fire department responded to an alarm from the business district, but upon arrival found no fire. Police interviewed men standing near the alarm box who swore it hadn't been pulled.

But soon after the fire engine returned to the station, the telephone rang. The caller said, "April fool," and then hung up. [Portsmouth Herald — Apr 2, 1923]

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