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Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
A black lion: real or fake?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The worms inside your face
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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