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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
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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