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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Fake Fish Photos
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Temporary Millionaire -- April Fool's Day, 1977
When Linas Gylys noticed that the Continental Illinois Bank had accidentally credited his account with an extra $4,757,000, he waited until April 1st, then went into the bank and requested a certified check made out to one "John H. Perkins." Bank officials hurriedly escorted him into a back office, where they interrogated him for an hour. They only became friendlier when he revealed that the man accompanying him was a reporter, and that John H. Perkins, to whom the check would be made out, was the president of the bank.

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