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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
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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