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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Saudi Mufti Condemns April Fool’s Day -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Saudi Arabia's chief cleric, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, issued a fatwa decreeing that April Fool's Day was a form of organized lying practiced by unbelievers, and that Muslims therefore should not participate in the tradition. He made his comments in response to a query from the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh. Al-Sheik acknowledged that many younger Muslims were beginning to adopt the custom, but said, "It is prohibited because lying is prohibited at all times and under all conditions." He noted only three exceptions to this rule: when lying brings reconciliation between people, when it occurs during times of war, or when a husband or wife must protect the honor of the spouse.

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