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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
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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