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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
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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