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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Silent Crisps -- April Fool's Day, 2009
The Daily Mail revealed that Walkers Crisps had designed noise-free crisps, to be marketed as "Ready Silent Cri-sshhp." They would allow people to "eat loud snacks in the cinema without disturbing the person next to you." The crisp was said to have "the same flavour and crunchiness, except it comes already crushed."
The snack food firm has been working with acoustics experts at the London Institute of Sound Performance (LISP) to produce the 'silent' crisp. LISP says that research showed 90pc of the loud crunching noise associated with a packet of crisps comes from the first bite. If successful they will be rolled out in the UK, Europe and in the Middle East through Walker's partner Deloof Neeb Evuoy.

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