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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Fake Fish Photos
A black lion: real or fake?
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Foley Island to be Towed -- April Fool's Day, 1975
BBC Radio 4’s Today Show also reported about a controversy involving the Island of Foley, located between Sheppey and the Kent Coast. Apparently the island was the cause of numerous shipwrecks. Therefore, authorities had decided to destroy it. However, because this decision had been protested by conservationists, authorities had decided to tow it somewhere safer instead. Towing islands has been a source of jokes as far back as 1824, when a hoaxer supposedly had the residents of Manhattan believing that their island was going to be towed out to sea.

April Fool Categories: Fictitious Geography, Radio, United Kingdom, 1975, BBC.
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