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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Lickverts -- April Fool's Day, 2009
Russian Standard Vodka ran ads in UK newspapers claiming to have created the world's first "lickvert" — an ad dipped in vodka that could be licked to taste the drink. Readers were urged to "Lick Here," though also reminded to, "Please lick responsibly."

The vodka lickverts were a hoax. But real-life lickable ads had existed in the past. For instance, in 2008 Welch's grape juice ran a lickable ad in People magazine.




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