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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
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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