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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Fake Fish Photos
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Island of Murango -- April Fool's Day, 1980
The London Times reported on a small, Pacific island state named Murango whose inhabitants (most of whom seemed to be of British descent) were busy preparing to send a delegation to the Moscow Olympics, despite the western boycott of the games. The Murango islanders were said to enjoy two things most in life: their local drink, ourakino, and sports. In 1972 the small island state had supposedly achieved a brief moment of glory on the international stage by winning a bronze medal in boxing during the 1972 Munich Olympics. The winner of the medal had been named Dick T. Murango. However, Dick T. Murango and the island of Murango were entirely fictitious, though in 1972 a man named Dick T. Murunga had won a bronze medal for boxing. Mr. Murunga, however, was from Kenya.

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