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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
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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