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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Cursed by Allah
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Use your left ear to detect lies
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Yonghy Bonghy Bo -- April Fool's Day, 1957
Rear Admiral Tully Shelley, managing director of a company of oil refinery and construction engineers, designed a match striking machine as an April Fool's Day joke. He called it his "Yonghy Bonghy Bo" (an allusion to Edward Lear's poem, "The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo"). However, the machine actually did work and could be used to light a cigarette.

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