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Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Flight Over the Thames -- April Fool's Day, 1971
Ken Piper, former paratrooper, tried to fly over the Thames River by jumping off the Twickenham Bridge with wings attached to his arms. He flapped the wings and fell into the water. When he regained dry land, he said, "It was a good one for April Fool's Day."

A few months later, Mr. Piper returned to the news on account of his cabaret act in which he cracked a thick slab of concrete by means of a head-on collision with his head.

April Fool Categories: Freelance Pranksters, United Kingdom, 1971.
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