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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
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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