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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
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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