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Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Tour de France Sunflower Conspiracy -- April Fool's Day, 2004
The bicycle magazine VeloNews revealed the shocking truth behind the Tour de France: The fields of sunflowers lining the tour's route were the result of a secret program of genetic manipulation designed to produce flowers that would exactly match the color of the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Unfortunately, these genetically engineered sunflowers were also prone to fungal infection. Those concerned were "embarking on a nationwide campaign to warn farmers about the risks involved in accepting cash, seeds or other considerations to plant flowers along the route of this year's Tour."

April Fool Categories: Botany, Sports, Magazines and Journals, 2004.
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