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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Fake Fish Photos
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Thatcher-Gorbachev Romance -- April Fool's Day, 1987
The Daily Mirror broke the news of a romance blossoming between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev, during Thatcher's tour of the Soviet Union. It accompanied this revelation with photos of the two world leaders sitting together in Moscow's Gorky Park, with Thatcher tenderly tickling Gorbachev under his chin, as well as the two walking arm in arm, and even sneaking a kiss.

The photos were posed by lookalikes, but they succeeded in fooling many. People were particularly shocked that Thatcher, a married woman, would act like that in public.

In real life, Thatcher left Moscow on April 2nd. She told members of the press on her plane that she and Gorbachev "got on very well, considering that we are very different and hold very different views."


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