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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Thermal Ties -- April Fool's Day, 1985
ITV News ran a segment about a "thermal tie" developed by the British Department of Energy:

"Our research has discovered that heat loss from the body is particularly important in the front of the chest, and this thermally insulated tie is to prevent heat loss from that part of the body."

Conservative MP Anthony Beaumont-Dark reprimanded the DOE for participating in the prank, noting that such pranks were "OK for the music hall, but we do not expect this type of thing from government departments."

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