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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
A black lion: real or fake?
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Stranded Steamer -- April Fool's Day, 1938
North Carolina's Twin City Sentinel ran a story on its front page claiming that "a long sleek transatlantic steamer," the S.S. Santa Pinta, had "plowed through the muddy waters of Yadkin River and anchored ten miles west of Winston-Salem." An accompanying photo showed the stranded steamer. Hundreds of people (who hadn't read to the end of the article to see the phrase "An April Fool's Dream!") decided to drive out to see the steamer, resulting in a traffic jam on the highway. [Winston-Salem Journal, Apr 1, 2009]

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