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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
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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