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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
A black lion: real or fake?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Washing of the Lions -- April Fool's Day, 1698
The April 2, 1698 edition of Dawks’s News-Letter reported that “Yesterday being the first of April, several persons were sent to the Tower Ditch to see the Lions washed.” This is the first recorded instance of a popular April Fool's Day prank that involved sending people to the Tower of London to see the "washing of the lions." The joke was that there was no lion-washing ceremony. It was a fool's errand. (For more info, see the Hoaxipedia article: Washing The Lions)


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