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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Scandinavian Earthlines -- April Fool's Day, 2004
The Norwegian Board of Tourism ran an ad in Swedish newspapers debuting a new underground super-train, Scandinavian Earthlines, that would connect Sweden and Norway and allow a trip from Stockholm to Lofoten to be made in under an hour. Readers were invited to call a phone number for more information. Those who phoned up were informed that the super-train wasn't actually real, but were given a pitch inviting them to visit Norway anyway.


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