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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Fake Fish Photos
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
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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