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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The worms inside your face
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Grandstand’s Newsroom Brawl -- April Fool's Day, 1989
On the BBC Sports show Grandstand, as presenter Desmond Lynam talked about upcoming events to be covered, such as the Grand National at Aintree and US Masters Golf, a fight broke out behind him in the newsroom. As the fight escalated, Lynam continued to calmly discuss the news, assuring the audience that, "We'll continue to do our best to cover sport in the way that you like, backed up by our highly professional team."

Finally the scene cut to a segment about Britain's gold-medal winning hockey team. But when Lynam returned, he noted that viewers may have seen "a bit of an altercation" behind him and apologized for this. But then he proceeded to show an instant replay of the fight.

Finally the newsroom brawlers were shown standing together, holding a sign that read "April Fool."


April Fool Categories: Sports, Videos, Television, United Kingdom, 1989, BBC.
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