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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
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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