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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Sidd Finch -- April Fool's Day, 1985
Sports Illustrated published an article about the Mets’s new rookie pitcher, Sidd Finch (short for Siddhartha Finch). He could reportedly throw a ball with startling, pinpoint accuracy at 168 mph. Sidd Finch had never played baseball before. Instead he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.“ Mets fans celebrated their teams good luck and flooded Sports Illustrated with requests for more information. In reality, this legendary player sprang from the imagination of George Plimpton. (For more information, see the Sidd Finch article in the Hoaxipedia.)

April Fool Categories: Sports, Magazines and Journals, United States, 1985.
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