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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
A black lion: real or fake?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Kencom Limited -- April Fool's Day, 2001
The Sunday East African Standard in Kenya printed an advertisement and a back-page story profiling a new mobile phone service provider called Kencom Limited. The new mobile phones would come with built-in scratch cards, internet service, videocams, and TV screens. What's more, service would cost a low rate of only four shillings per minute. To make the service even more attractive, a coupon was offered with the enticement that the first 3,000 people to submit the coupon would receive free phones. By noon, over 5,000 entry forms had already been submitted to the East African Standard Town Office in Nairobi. Among the hopefuls dropping off coupons were said to be top military personnel, politicians, and businessmen.

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