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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Use your left ear to detect lies
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
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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