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The worms inside your face
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Four-Story Bus -- April Fool's Day, 1931


A Berlin newspaper published a photo of a four-story bus. The offices of several local bus lines were subsequently flooded by calls from people who wanted to ride in "the world's first and only four-story motor bus."

Crowds of curiosity-seekers also invaded the garages where the public buses were housed. And the newspaper itself received several thousand letters inquiring where the bus could be seen, how many people it could hold, how fast it could travel, how much it cost to build, and how it managed to go under bridges and trolley wires without being wrecked. [Milwaukee Sentinel - May 17, 1931]

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