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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The worms inside your face
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
South Park Bait and Switch -- April Fool's Day, 1998
The animated Comedy Central series South Park had been heavily promoting that on the April 1 season premiere of the second season of the show, it would reveal the identity of the father of a character Cartman, thus resolving the cliffhanger it had left viewers with the season before. The April 1 show began as normal, with clips shown from previous episodes, but then a message flashed on the screen stating it had all been an April Fool's joke. Nothing was going to be revealed. Instead the episode focused on the completely unrelated adventures of the flatulent characters Terrance and Philip. Fans of the series were irate. Comedy Central received over 1500 angry emails. A spokesman admitted that the fans "got the joke... they just didn't like it." Fans had to wait until April 22 before the identity of Cartman's father actually was revealed.

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