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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Subway Car Surfaces -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Residents of Copenhagen who visited the square in front of the town hall were greeted by a strange sight. One of the subway cars from the city's new subway, which was under construction, appeared to have burst up through the pavement. The subway car actually was a retired vehicle from the Stockholm subway. It had been cut at an angle and loose bricks were placed around it, to give the illusion that it had crashed up from below.

The stunt was sponsored by Gevalia Coffee, whose advertisements had an ongoing theme of vehicles popping up in strange locations, with the tagline "Be ready for unexpected guests."


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