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Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Talking Pelican -- April Fool's Day, 1979
The Sunday News-Journal in Daytona Beach reported the discovery of a talking pelican, found by a Georgia tourist, Sam P. Suggins, when the pelican asked Suggins for fish as he was walking along a dock. Unfortunately the pelican would not talk to anyone else. Nor was it very bright, as Suggins remarked that it said “Kitty” while looking at a small dog. The article noted that there have been recorded instances of sailors teaching pelicans to speak, just as parrots can be taught to speak, and theorized that this must have been such a case.

April Fool Categories: Animals, Birds, Newspapers, United States, 1979.
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