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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Greatest Cities Prank -- April Fool's Day, 2002
Maxim magazine printed multiple covers for its April 2002 issue, simultaneously declaring thirteen different American cities (including Detroit, Philadelpia, New York, and Miami) to be the "Greatest City on Earth." Readers in each city received an appropriately targeted issue of the magazine. In addition to the cover, the issue also included two pages listing the benefits of the cover city and disparaging the other cities. For instance, Philadelphia readers were told about their collective toughness and the Ivy League "hotties" at the University of Pennsylvania. However, readers in other cities were told that Philadelphia was merely a "glorified . . . [bathroom] break between New York and Washington, populated by larded pretzel-munchers and 'half-wits' who dress up as the Founding Fathers." However, some of the New York cover issues were "accidentally" sent to Philadelphia, thus revealing the joke.

April Fool Categories: Magazines and Journals, United States, 2002.
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