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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
A black lion: real or fake?
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Operation Killer Bees -- April Fool's Day, 1994
Residents of Glendale and Peoria, Arizona woke to find yellow fliers posted around their neighborhoods warning them of "Operation Killer Bees." Apparently, there was to be widespread aerial spraying later that day to eradicate a killer bee population that had made its way into the area. Residents were warned to stay indoors from 9 am until 2:30 pm. The phone numbers of local television and radio stations were provided. On the bottom of the flier the name of an official government agency was listed: Arizona Pest Removal Information Line (For Outside Operations Listings). The first letters of this agency spelled out "April Fool." Few people got the joke. Radio and television stations received numerous calls, as did the Arizona Agriculture Department. Many worried residents stayed inside all day, watching anxiously for the pest-control planes.

Not funny at all.
In the meantime, the bees have in fact reached Arizona.
Posted by Otto Ihnishyn  on  Sun Apr 02, 2006  at  02:48 PM
A whole 12 years later. Get a sense of humour.
Posted by Rob  in  England  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  11:08 AM
Not funny, because the point about April Fool's pranks is that they're supposed to be stuff that would never really happen, so anyone believing that them is not that bright. But killer bee swarms do exist, and do exist in America, so where the joke?
Posted by Michelle  in  London  on  Mon Feb 19, 2007  at  09:09 AM
Killer bees???? We can't find Honey Bees any more.
Posted by Erik  in  Washington State  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  01:51 PM
I thought it was hilarious! Still LMAO
Posted by Mona  in  Glendale Arizona  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  06:36 PM
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