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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Cursed by Allah
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Scientific American Concedes Creationists Might Be Right -- April Fool's Day, 2005
Scientific American ran an editorial, titled "Okay, we give up," revealing that the magazine would henceforward give equal space to the views of Creationists:

"This magazine's coverage of so-called evolution has been hideously one-sided. For decades, we published articles in every issue that endorsed the ideas of Charles Darwin and his cronies… Where were the answering articles presenting the powerful case for scientific creationism? Why were we so unwilling to suggest that dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago or that a cataclysmic flood carved the Grand Canyon? Blame the scientists. They dazzled us with their fancy fossils, their radiocarbon dating and their tens of thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles… Good journalism values balance above all else. We owe it to our readers to present everybody's ideas equally and not to ignore or discredit theories simply because they lack scientifically credible arguments or facts."

April Fool Categories: Science, Magazines and Journals, 2005.
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