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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
OPEC Free Fuel Offer -- April Fool's Day, 2000
An official announcement appeared on the website www.opecinfo.com 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 JokeWeb.com, an online humor site. A spokesman for the site claimed that JokeWeb.com 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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