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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Washing the Lions -- April Fool's Day, 1857
Late in March 1860 numerous people throughout London received the following invitation:
"Tower of London—Admit Bearer and Friend to view annual ceremony of Washing the White Lions on Sunday, April 1, 1860. Admittance only at White Gate. It is particularly requested that no gratuities be given to wardens or attendants."

By twelve o’clock on April 1st a large crowd had gathered outside the tower. However, no lions had been kept in the tower for decades, so the people went home disappointed. This prank had a very long pedigree. An instance of it was recorded as far back as 1698. For decades, it had been regularly perpetrated (on a smaller scale) upon unsuspecting out-of-towners. (See article: Washing the Lions)

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