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war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The worms inside your face
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
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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