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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Fake Fish Photos
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
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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