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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Peace Treaty Signed -- April Fool's Day, 1919
A prankster started a rumor alleging that a peace treaty ending World War I had been signed. According to the Associated Press: "The report rapidly spread over all Paris and the telephone wires to the American headquarters in the hotel de Crillon became hot with inquiries as to the truth of the rumor. It did not take long however, for inquiries to realize the character of the report when they were reminded that today was April 1st." The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, was signed on June 28, 1919. [Daily Northwestern, Apr 1, 1919.]

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