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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Fake Fish Photos
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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest -- April Fool's Day, 1957
The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied that they should "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." For more information, see the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest article in the Hoaxipedia. (The footage of the hoax itself can be seen on YouTube.)

April Fool Categories: Botany, Food and Drink, Television, United Kingdom, 1957, BBC.
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