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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Fake Fish Photos
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Lottery Tickets Instead of Pension Payments -- April Fool's Day, 2004
The Tokyo Shimbun reported this on its front page: "The government is seriously considering a project which includes issuing lottery tickets to citizens to balance the inevitable cuts in pensions counting on the fact that it would be better to give them dreams of future wealth instead of making them pay more in order to keep present pension figures." Readers were said to be hopeful that the joke didn't turn out to be a satirical prophecy.

April Fool Categories: Government, Newspapers, Japan, 2004, Finance.
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