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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Samsung invents the on/off switch
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
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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