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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
A black lion: real or fake?
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Overweight Canal-living Ducks -- April Fool's Day, 2004
British Waterways released a study claiming that a study conducted by Dr. Olaf Priol had found that ducks who lived on canals weighed, on average, a pound more than ducks who lived on rivers. The slow-moving canal water apparently provided the ducks with less opportunity for exercise, and so they gained weight.

The study had an embargo date of April 1st (meaning the media was not supposed to make it public until then), but reporter Declan Curry of BBC Business News, not recognizing the study as a joke, broke the embargo and discussed it on-air on March 30th.

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