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Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
A black lion: real or fake?
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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