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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Penguin Far From Home -- April Fool's Day, 2006
The Sun reported that a penguin had been spotted wandering along the banks of the River Thames:

"It is believed to be the first time a penguin has been spotted in the Thames — and comes weeks after tragic Wally the Whale got stranded... Experts said the penguin, normally seen at the South Pole, may have been released into UK waters by fishermen who accidentally snared him... Marine biologist Lil Faroop said: 'It looks like a Jackass. They feed on sprats and fly through the water at five miles (eight kilometres) per hour. They have a donkey-like bray.'"

April Fool Categories: Animals, Birds, Newspapers, United Kingdom, 2006.
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