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Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The worms inside your face
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
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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