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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Sell! -- April Fool's Day, 1925
Pranksters attempted to deceive some of the larger brokerage offices on Wall Street. Several of the larger houses received telephone messages instructing them to sell large quantities of stock "at the market." Doing so could have caused a collapse in stock prices. However, the brokers, who were familiar with the actual voices of their customers, realized they were being deceived and did not carry out any of the sell orders. [The New York Times, Apr 2, 1925.]

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