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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Use your left ear to detect lies
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Rat Fur Coats -- April Fool's Day, 1980
The South African Johannesburg Star ran a story exposing an illicit ring of rat furriers. It said the police had raided a sewer where the ratters were breeding a special strain of imported Irish rats and selling the pelts as mink, seal skin, and other furs. Hundreds of rat fur coats had been sold. Women were warned that if their coats smelled fishy, they were probably made of rat fur. As a result of the story, furriers were besieged with calls from worried customers. After receiving complaints, the Star reminded its readers that the story had been run on April 1st.

April Fool Categories: Animals, Fashion, Newspapers, Africa, 1980, Fake Warnings.
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