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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Hawkeye Cameras Catch Speeders -- April Fool's Day, 2004
The Sun reported that hawks outfitted with miniature cameras would be used to catch speeding drivers:
They will swoop on vehicles and film them with strapped-on mini cameras developed by the BBC for wildlife programmes. Officers watching monitors will see a speed readout --and even registration numbers and tax discs. The Hawkeye system has had successful trials on the M40 in Oxfordshire, where PCs Mark Dalton and Otto Hergt put two birds through their paces… Paolo Firl, of the Italian makers, said: 'We are very pleased. We have shown it can be done.' But motorist Andy Pinder, 45, said: 'We're already persecuted, now we're being hunted.'

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