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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
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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