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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Fake Fish Photos
The worms inside your face
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Gymnast To Ascend Church Steeple -- April Fool's Day, 1858
A notice ran in Chicago papers advertising that on April 1st, at one o'clock, a "famous gymnast" would ascend the steeple of St. Paul's Church from the outside "and stand upright on the summit, returning the same way to the ground — all to be accomplished in the space of twenty minutes." At the time appointed, a crowd of over 300 people gathered, including reporters, pencils in hand. But as the hours wore on, the truth gradually stole over the minds of the sightseers that it was "All fools day," and "the crowd suddenly discovered it was time to go to dinner, which they did with a rush." [Weekly Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa) — Apr 20, 1858]

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