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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Cursed by Allah
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Flight to the Moon -- April Fool's Day, 1941

New York City's Hayden Planetarium advertised that at 2 o'clock on April 1st the "first non-stop rocket ship flight to the moon" would take place, leaving from the planetarium with Professor William H. Barton Jr. at the controls. The announcement was accompanied by an illustration by artist Tom Voter.

Before the actual "flight," Barton offered a clarification to the New York Times: "The only April Fool element in this miracle flight is that the 240,000 miles of space between the earth and the moon will be spanned in the comfort of the imagination, aided by trick photography, weird lighting effects and a realistic reproduction of the fantastic lunar landscapes."

April Fool Categories: Space and Astronomy, 1941.
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