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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
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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