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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Use your left ear to detect lies
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Gazette Buys New London Day -- April Fool's Day, 1980
The Connecticut Gazette, a small weekly newspaper, announced that it was purchasing the New London Day, a large daily newspaper. The article also announced the Gazette planned to expand the news staff of the New London Day “by cutting it in half—literally, at the waist; this would create twice as many reporters although, of course, they would be half their former stature.“ The article concluded with an “April Fool.“ Nevertheless, according to the paper’s editor their phones were ringing off the hook for weeks. In addition, the fictitious purchase was reported as fact in the New England Printer and Publisher, a trade journal.

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