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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Pay-Per-Hear -- April Fool's Day, 1992
Chicago radio station WXRT-FM announced it was turning into a digital, commercial-free "pay-per-hear" station. Its signal would be scrambled and divided into five different program formats that listeners would have to pay to listen to. The five formats would be "'XRT Basic," "'XRT Live," "'XRT Gold," "'XRT Espanol" and "sports-rock." The station announced the format change all day and then switched to a scrambled signal for several minutes. Hundreds of listeners called in to protest the change. One listener even showed up with a picket sign outside the station.

April Fool Categories: Radio, United States, 1992, Format Change Prank.
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