The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The worms inside your face
The Discovery of the Bigon -- April Fool's Day, 1996
Discover Magazine reported that physicists had discovered a new fundamental particle of matter, dubbed the Bigon. It could only be coaxed into existence for mere millionths of a second, but amazingly, when it did materialize it was the size of a bowling ball. Physicist Albert Manque and his colleagues accidentally found the particle when a computer connected to one of their vacuum-tube experiments exploded. Video analysis of the explosion revealed the Bigon hovering over the computer for a fraction of a second. Manque theorized that the Bigon might be responsible for a host of other unexplained phenomena such as ball lightning, sinking souffles, and spontaneous human combustion. Discover received huge amounts of mail in response to the story.

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