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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Runaway Missile -- April Fool's Day, 1959
The Light of San Antonio, Texas reported that a huge army missile had accidentally escaped from Kelly Air Force Base during testing, "screamed over San Antonio," and crashed into a water tank near Trinity University. An accompanying picture showed the missile embedded in the ground as water from the tank poured over it. An Airforce Colonel was quoted as saying, "We're spending a great deal of money and much of this nation's international diplomacy is based on the armed strength this and other units like it achieve. So I hope you'll understand why I have no more time for this damned April Fool gag."


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