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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Dog wins art contest, 1974
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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