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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Cursed by Allah
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
First Photograph Discovered -- April Fool's Day, 1987
The camera manufacturer Olympus ran an ad in The Guardian announcing the discovery of "the first picture ever taken." The picture had been discovered "in a cave high in the remote Outer Fokus Mountains." It had been taken by Yorimoto Hishida around 1782, "almost a full half century before the earliest work of either Fox Talbot or Nicéphore Niépce."


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