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Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Metro Station Name Change -- April Fool's Day, 1994
The Parisian Transport Authority (RATP) renamed three Paris metro stations, but only for the 24 hours of April 1st. Parmentier station became "Pomme de Terre" (potato). Madeleine station became "Marcel Proust," and Reuilly Diderot station became "Les Religieuses." At the stations, metro employees handed out potato chips, madeleines, and religieuses (a type of eclair). Tickets were also stamped with the shape of a fish (a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" — the French equivalent of "April fool").

Unfortunately, many passengers became confused by the name changes and chaos ensued. Therefore, the stunt was never repeated.

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