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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
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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