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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Flying Penguins -- April Fool's Day, 2008
The BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series Miracles of Evolution had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. It even offered a video clip of these flying penguins, which became one of the most viewed videos on the internet.

Presenter Terry Jones explained that, instead of huddling together to endure the Antarctic winter, these penguins took to the air and flew thousands of miles to the rainforests of South America where they "spend the winter basking in the tropical sun." A follow-up video explained how the BBC created the special effects of the flying penguins.


April Fool Categories: Animals, Birds, Videos, Television, United Kingdom, 2008, BBC.
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