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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Fake Fish Photos
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Honest Thief File-Sharing Network -- April Fool's Day, 2003
In late February a Dutch company calling itself The Honest Thief announced that it would host a new, totally legal file-sharing service. It explained that it was able to do this, despite the lawsuits facing other file-sharing networks, because: "The Honest Thief is the first Dutch company to take advantage of a recent Dutch appeals court ruling that paved the way for the Netherlands to become the world's first legal haven for file sharing companies."

Large amounts of press attention followed, including an article in the Wall Street Journal. But visitors to The Honest Thief website on April 1st were met with an announcement: April Fool! There was no legal file-sharing network. The hoax was a stunt to promote a book of the same name (The Honest Thief) by Pieter Plass.

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