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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
A black lion: real or fake?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
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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