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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Use your left ear to detect lies
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Fake Fish Photos
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Thatcher Endorses Blair -- April Fool's Day, 1997
The Independent reported on its front page that Labour Party member Tony Blair, who was campaigning to become prime minister, had offered former Conservative prime minister Baroness Thatcher a position as ambassador to Washington if she would endorse his candidacy in the general election and Labour were to win. It also said that Thatcher had expressed her admiration for Blair's "disciplined determination." The story was picked up by wire services and consequently reported as fact by the Australian Broadcasting Company, forcing it to subsequently issue a retraction. In reality, Thatcher had described Blair as a "boneless wonder."

April Fool Categories: Politics, Newspapers, United Kingdom, 1997.
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