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Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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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