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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Four Perfect Bridge Hands -- April Fool's Day, 1959
At London's St. James' Club, on April 1, four perfect bridge hands (a full suit) were dealt at the same table. The odds of this happening were estimated to be 53,644,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 to 1. The players had to convince other club members that the perfect hands were not a hoax. The duke of Marlborough, with 13 spades, held the winning hand. [Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr 3, 1959.]

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