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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Parking Fees Reduced -- April Fool's Day, 1970
A Vienna, Austria radio station reported that the city had decided to reduce parking permit fees, and that car drivers would be able to buy permits in tobacco shops and hand them to police officers in case of need. One police officer called the radio station to ask, "Could you please give me more details on the new order as I have not heard from my superiors yet." [The Washington Post, Apr 2, 1970.]

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