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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
A black lion: real or fake?
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The First Newspaper April Fool -- April Fool's Day, 1774 or 1789
There are two different stories describing the first April Fool's Day hoax by a newspaper, but both stories claim it was a German paper.

The first story claims that in 1789 a Berlin newspaper reported that hailstone the size of pigeon eggs had fallen on the streets of Potsdam, which caused a mass migration of curiosity seekers hoping to see this unusual weather phenomenon. Though, of course, no hailstones were seen.

The second story claims that in 1774 a German paper claimed that it was possible to change the color of the eggs a chicken laid simply by painting the area in which the chicken lived.

Neither story has been confirmed.

April Fool Categories: Germany.
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