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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
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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