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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
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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