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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Pandas in the Pyrenees -- April Fool's Day, 2013
Television channel France 3 revealed that the French government planned to release giant pandas in the Pyrenees, as part of the continuing reintroduction of bears to the region. Negotiations with the Chinese government were ongoing, but it was hoped that the first panda pair could be introduced in the spring of 2014.

Of course, pandas eat mainly bamboo. This was seen as a positive, as it meant the pandas were unlikely to attack farm animals. However, bamboo is not found in the pyrenees. Therefore, the plan was to use a helicopter to fly several tons of bamboo to the pandas every week.

Naturalists also appreciated that the pandas were two-tone. Their black fur would be easy to spot in the snow, and conversely, their white fur would reflect car headlights, possibly averting tragic accidents such as happened in August 2007 when a bear was killed by a vehicle.


April Fool Categories: Animals, Television, France, 2013.
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