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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Derbyshire Fairy -- April Fool's Day, 2007
Images of an 8-inch mummified creature resembling a fairy were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle Magik Co. Accompanying text explained how the creature had been found by a man walking his dog along an old roman road in rural Derbyshire. Word of this discovery soon spread around the internet. Bloggers excitedly speculated about whether the find was evidence of the actual existence of fairies. The Lebanon Circle website received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of emails. But at the end of the day, Dan Baines, the owner of the site, confessed that the fairy was a hoax. He had used his skills as a magician’s prop-maker to create the creature. Baines later reported that, despite his confession, he continued to receive numerous emails from people who refused to accept the fairy wasn’t real. He later sold the fairy to an American collector for £280.

April Fool Categories: Websites, United Kingdom, 2007, Internet.
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