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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
A black lion: real or fake?
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
There’s an elephant in my yard -- April Fool's Day, 1960
George Morris of Safford, Arizona woke to find a full-grown elephant eating lilies in his backyard. He assumed it had to be some kind of elaborate April Fool’s Day joke. It wasn’t. But when he called the police to report the animal to them, they initially refused to believe he was telling the truth. Finally they sent over some officers. It turned out that “Dumbo” had been accidentally left behind by a circus that had pulled up stakes the night before. The circus was notified and a van was sent to pick up Dumbo. [The Ada Evening News, Apr 3, 1960.]

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