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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Mao Tse-tung Blasts Stalin -- April Fool's Day, 1956
The English-language China News revealed that its monitors had heard Peiping Radio (official propaganda organ of Red China) quote Mao Tse-tung referring to Stalin as a "slavedriver, murderer, and doublecrosser." Two Chinese-language papers, the Central Daily News and the Hsin Sheng Pao (mouthpiece of the Formosa provincial government) both subsequently ran the story on their front pages, not realizing that tbe report was intended as a joke "in line with the spirit of April Fools' Day," as The China News later explained.

April Fool Categories: International Relations, China, 1956.
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