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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
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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