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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Cursed by Allah
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Water to be shut off -- April Fool's Day, 1965
Printed leaflets were distributed throughout Stockholm informing people that the water company was soon going to cut off the water. Housewives were urged to fill the bathtub and whatever containers they had with water while "certain adjustments" were made to the water system. The water company, after receiving hundreds of calls, eventually issued an official denial, blaming the leaflets on an unknown prankster. [Appleton Post-Crescent, Apr 1, 1965.]

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