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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Saddam Hussein Offered Job in South Africa -- April Fool's Day, 2003
South Africa's Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper scooped its rivals by reporting that, in a last minute deal to avoid war, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had accepted an offer of exile in South Africa. In exchange he would run South Africa's oil industry. Details of the arrangement included: Hussein would be given a game farm on which to live, and he would travel in a jet outfitted with a missile defense system. The US was said to be happy about the deal because it would make Hussein "somebody else's problem."

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