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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Ten-Stack Superliner -- April Fool's Day, 1938
Life magazine published a selection "strange photographs" which they identified as being typical of the kind that appeared in German newspapers and magazines on April 1. "Every April Fool's Day, the German press goes on a spree of printing photographic hoaxes, sprinkling fake pictures in with real ones, leaving readers to guess which is which."

Included among the "strange photographs" was the "ten-stack super liner" shown above:

"Its launching was announced for April 1. The photographer christened the ship President Roosevelt, declared that among its many superlative features was an auto track on which car-crazy Americans could race just to keep their hands in." [Life - Apr 4, 1938]

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