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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Fondue Hot Springs -- April Fool's Day, 1983
NPR's All Things Considered ran a segment about the threat of extinction facing the Vince Lombardi Fondue Springs, the "last surviving spring of natural fondue cheese in the United States," located in the fondue country of northern Wisconsin.

For years the fondue springs had been a "point of pilgrimage for cheese communicants." But now, the Cheese Watch Society warned, the Fondue Pocket was reducing.

The society recommended "a highly trained force of cheese rangers to control visitors to the fondue pocket using sniffer dogs." If steps weren't taken, the society warned, the cheese would soon be gone. After all, "the only way to make cheese is to take it out of the earth with your hands."

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