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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Napoleonic Chunnel -- April Fool's Day, 1988
The Daily Mail revealed the discovery of a tunnel linking England and France that had been constructed during the Napoleonic wars. Supposedly the tunnel was wide enough to allow an ass carrying two barrels of brandy to pass through it. The tunnel had supposedly been discovered beneath Dover Castle. The article explained, "It would have been used to rescue aristocrats from Napoleonic France, to transfer spies and to trade British goods with Europe."


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