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Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
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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