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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
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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