The Museum of Hoaxes
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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Rue Maurice Thorez -- April Fool's Day, 1941
The Vichy government in France arrested 13 people on the charge of participating in a "Communist April Fool day plot" to rename streets in Marseille after the exiled Communist leader Maurice Thorez. The police made the arrests after finding a large quantity of signs reading "Maurice Thorez Street" (or "Rue Maurice Thorez") designed to be placed over the regular street signs in the city.

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