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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Fake Fish Photos
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Return of Idi Amin -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Tanzania's Sunday Observer reported there was panic in the town of Tabora when former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was seen walking down the main street of the town dressed in a kilt. Accompanying him were an entourage of armed, semi-naked warriors, 37 of his children, and a member of the Saudi royal family. The Observer noted: "Unfortunately, because of the presence of the Saudi prince, nobody was allowed to photograph this unique whistle-stop visit." At the time, Amin was actually living in exile in Saudi Arabia. He had been deposed from power in 1979 by rebels backed by Tanzanian forces.

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