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The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Fake Fish Photos
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
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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