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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Tweets Get Smaller -- April Fool's Day, 2012
NPR News tweeted that "Tweets Will Shrink To 133 Characters: The seven-character change is expected to save Twitter $1.4 billion this year."

The tweet provoked numerous replies, including "Good luck on expressing anything" and "Not enough characters to tweet my outrage."

A link directed Twitterers to the NPR blog where it was revealed that the headline was "just a joke." Although NPR admitted, "The productivity of the newsroom took a hit to come up with that fake headline."

April Fool Categories: 2012, NPR.
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