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Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
A black lion: real or fake?
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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
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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