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Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Loch Ness Crocodile -- April Fool's Day, 2007
A news article, supposedly from a Scottish paper, circulated online, claiming that a crocodile had been sighted in Loch Ness. The article read, in part:

Several reports of a large unidentified creature seen wading along the Loch edge below the Lip'O'Flora viewpoint (the place where Flora MacDonald helped Rob Roy MacGregor escape the English redcoats) near the present day Clansman hotel have proven to be true. Much as some locals might wish it to be The Loch Ness Monster, it is believed to be a large Floridian crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). It is thought the reptile may be native to southern Florida and has simply drifted along the path of the Atlantic Gulf Stream before finding its new home in Scotland, or be yet another legacy from the British Pet Animals Act of 1951, which saw the release into the wild of many exotic animals by owners who did not have the facilities to be licensed as responsible 'pet' keepers or traders.

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