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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Queen Faces Challenger -- April Fool's Day, 1991
The Independent ran an article headlined "Queen faces challenge on her right to be monarch." It reported that a 65-year-old Welsh farmer, Arthur Wynd, had been identified as the illegitimate child of a forgotten son of the Queen's grandfather, King George V, thus making him the rightful heir to the British throne. Wynd was obtaining a court order to force the Queen to submit her DNA to genetic fingerprinting to prove his case. The article also noted that his mother had called him Wynd in the hope that people would call him "Mr. Wynd, sir."

April Fool Categories: Royalty, Newspapers, United Kingdom, 1991.
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