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Use your left ear to detect lies
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The worms inside your face
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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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