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Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
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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