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war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Use your left ear to detect lies
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The worms inside your face
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
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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