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Dog wins art contest, 1974
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
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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