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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Giant Penguin -- April Fool's Day, 2005
Tokyo's Ueno Zoo announced that it had discovered a remarkable new species of penguin: A giant-sized creature called the Tonosama (Lord) Penguin, 165cm-tall and weighing 80kg. Its favorite food was "white fish meat with soy sauce." The giant penguin was revealed to the public on April 1, eliciting the following reaction from the other penguins:

"As the cameras rolled, the real penguins rose their beaks and gazed up at the purported Lord - but then walked away disinterested when he took off his penguin face to reveal himself to be zoo director Teruyuki Komiya."

April Fool Categories: Animals, Birds, Japan, 2005, In The Wild.
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