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Bonsai Kittens, 2000
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Prehistoric Skeletons -- April Fool's Day, 1920
The mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico announced that the perfectly preserved bones of a prehistoric boy and girl had been found in the badlands near San Rafael. The bones were located in a white stone house that was partially buried in lava. The prehistoric couple had apparently been overwhelmed by a volcanic eruption. Their skeletons were covered with a thick yellow plaster. Even the reddish-brown hair of the girl had been preserved. The girl had been wearing two turquoise earrings, that now rested beside her head. The find generated great interest among scientists. However, a few days later the mayor was forced to admit that there were no skeletons. He had been the victim of an April Fool's Day hoax. [The Washington Post, Apr 11, 1920.]

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