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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
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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