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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
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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