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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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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