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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Use your left ear to detect lies
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prehistoric Cave Dwelling -- April Fool's Day, 1958

The Dutch newsreel service Polygon-Journal gathered journalists to inform them about an "astonishing discovery from 5000 BC." An amateur filmmaker had found a hole in the side of a hill outside the village of Klimmen, in the province of Limburg. The hole led to a cave system that appeared to have been the home of prehistoric men.

After being shown some of the artifacts found in the cave, journalists were led inside it. They made their way through a maze of corridors, past inscriptions carved into the limestone walls. At last, they reached an inner room, in which they found a mysterious metal box.

The box was dragged outside. When opened, there was a chunk of limestone inside of it. One of them lifted the rock into the air. As he raised it up, everyone could see the single phrase that was carved into it: "1 April"

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