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Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Tattoo Your Toddler -- April Fool's Day, 2007
DJs from North Dakota's Y94 radio station created a hoax website called tattooyourtoddler.com. The site claimed to be "the first tattoo studio for kids, with the trendiest body-art designed specifically for youths ages 2 through 17!" Parents who wanted to tattoo their child were promised that "Our patented needle-free system only causes slight discomfort and ensures a vibrant tattoo, guaranteed not to fade for at least 10 years!" The FAQ section of the site included the question: "Is this legal?" To which the reply was: "This is still America, isn't it?" A similar April Fool's Day hoax had been perpetrated in 2003 by DJs at at Channel 933 KHTS-FM radio in San Diego who created a site called BabyInk.com, which claimed to be a tattoo parlor catering to infants and children.


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