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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The worms inside your face
Kansas University Memorial Tower Launched Into Orbit -- April Fool's Day, 1959
The Lawrence Daily Journal-World reported that a group of science students had launched Kansas University's World War II Memorial Tower into orbit:

"Those crazy college boys have done it again! In line with the current rocket and missile craze that has seized the world, a group of Kansas University science students Tuesday night sneaked up on Mt. Oread, equipped the Memorial Campanile with rockets and as APRIL 1 dawned today they ran their count-down and sent the famed 'singing silo' of Lawrence zooming toward orbit. There was some question today, however, as to whether Ronald Barnes, KU carilloneur, was allowed to get out of the tower before it was launched from its Jayhawk pad. When last heard from, Barnes was practicing at the carillon keyboard. He couldn't be located today. The KU Launching Society was not sure early this afternoon whether the Campanile had gone into orbit, but they were monitoring it carefully hoping at any time to hear a beeping of 'The Crimson and the Blue' from outer space. Oh, yes, if you haven't guessed it by now, this is all an April Fool joke. Nobody really launched the campanile and carilloneur Barnes wasn't out of this world today, having both feet solidly on Kansas soil as he went about his duties at KU. Journal-World photographer Leonard Bacon simply transposed a Campanile photo on that of a rocket leaving its pad at Cape Canaveral to create a bit of April tomfoolery."





The KU Campanile (image source)

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