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Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Fake Fish Photos
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Playboy’s Wife-Beating Advice -- April Fool's Day, 2000
The Romanian edition of Playboy published an article titled "How to beat your wife without leaving a trace." Written from the point of view of a policeman, it offered a step-by-step guide to concealable abuse, suggesting that abuse could lead to a better sex life.

Deputy editor Mihai Galatanu later insisted the article had been an April Fool's joke, and that the abuse methods described "cannot work." Nevertheless, the article generated widespread condemnation. Women marched through central Bucharest in protest.

Playboy Enterprises chairman Christie Hefner soon issued an apology and reprimanded the Romanian chief editor.

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