The Museum of Hoaxes
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Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Fake Fish Photos
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
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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