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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Fake Fish Photos
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
TomoToday—Instant Virtual Friends -- April Fool's Day, 2009
The Japan Times profiled a new social-networking service that would provide people with instant virtual friends. The service, called TomoToday, had been created to complement sites such as Facebook and MySpace. The service claimed to "provide a short cut to a substantial social-media presence."
TomoToday subscribers will be able to choose from strategically selected sets of virtual friends, dubbed "InstaNakama," tailor-made to nurture the user's desired online identity. Say you're a shy young man, in need of pointers and ice-breaking intros. The Wingumen are at your service... Other readymade TomoToday circles include: Jetto Setto (multilingual friends from all over the globe); OB-Gun (long-lost school chums); Power Ranchers (for the corporate networks); and Geek Gumi (for socially challenged otaku).

The virtual friends were recruited from the ranks of unemployed temp workers.

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