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The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Cursed by Allah
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
OPEC Free Fuel Offer -- April Fool's Day, 2000
An official announcement appeared on the website declaring that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, after 22 hours of emergency negotiations with independent fuel operators, was close to deciding to offer motorists around the world free fill ups on the first Saturday of each month for the next six months. Motorists would simply have to print out and complete an online form which they could then present at any gas station to receive their free fill up. Gas stations would, in turn, submit customer's receipts to OPEC to receive a full reimbursement for their costs.

It was anticipated that the free offer would create enormous traffic jams on every Saturday that it applied.

Some commuters took the announcement seriously and appeared at gas stations with their completed forms, demanding free gas. It turned out that the OPEC website and announcement was the handiwork of, an online humor site. A spokesman for the site claimed that would honor the offer and pay all those who had filled out the form $50 worth of gas every Saturday for the next six months.

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