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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
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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