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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
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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