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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
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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