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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Fake Fish Photos
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
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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