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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Pennsylvania Capitol Building Collapses -- April Fool's Day, 1976
The Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) published a photograph of the state capitol building collapsing. A caption below the picture read, “Custodian A.F. Day said the blast occurred during a joint House-Senate session addressed by Hubert Humphrey and Gov. Milton Shapp… Day attributed the explosion to an abnormal expansion of hot air which usually is absorbed by acoustic seats in the chamber.“ The hoax elicited negative comments from many readers who accused the paper of “confusing fun with irresponsibility.“ Two days later the paper apologized for the hoax and promised that it would never publish another. The hoax recalled a similar April Fool’s Day joke published by the Madison Capital-Times in 1933.

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