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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Fake Fish Photos
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Helium-Lightened Planes -- April Fool's Day, 2011
WestJet announced a "new state-of-the-art money saving feature" aboard its flights. It was introducing "air mixed with helium in the ventilation system to lighten the weight of the aircraft."

Helium is approximately 85 per cent lighter than nitrogen, which accounts for 80 per cent of the air we breathe. With a maximum takeoff weight of more than 150,000 pounds, adding helium to the air mix will provide fuel savings of approximately three to four per cent on board WestJet’s Boeing Next-Generation 737s. This will, in turn, allow WestJet to pass the savings on to its guests.


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