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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Cursed by Allah
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Skyforest Orange Trees -- April Fool's Day, 1950
Residents of Skyforest, near Lake Arrowhead in Southern California, staged an elaborate prank. Twenty-five of them, led by cartoonist Frank Adams, crept out during the night and strung 50,000 oranges along a one-mile section of the scenic Rim of the World highway, making it appear that the region's pine and cedar trees had suddenly grown fruit. The oranges were leftovers from the recent National Orange Show in San Bernardino. [The Independent Record (Helena, Montana), Apr 2, 1950.]

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