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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
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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