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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Scottdale Sinkhole -- April Fool's Day, 1967
The front page of the Scottdale Daily Courier showed a photo of a large sinkhole that had reportedly formed at a busy intersection downtown. The crater was estimated to be 45 feet deep.

The picture fooled many readers, despite the "April Fool" notation in the caption. The Courier later reported:

"One family was indignant when a member returned home from downtown Saturday and did not even mention the fact that a large portion of the street had caved in. Other readers expressed concern for the safety of passengers in the autos in the picture. Others coming downtown later Saturday to see the hole marveled at the rapid fill-in and repavement of the mythical 'mine sink.'"



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