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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Cursed by Allah
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Welcome to Chicago -- April Fool's Day, 1992
Airline passengers descending into Los Angeles Airport saw an 85-foot-long yellow banner on the ground that spelled out, in 20-foot-high red letters, "Welcome to Chicago." It was raised above the Hollywood Park race track, about three miles from the airport. Park spokesman Brock Sheridan explained, "It was something we always wanted to do. We thought it would be kind of funny and our new management... thought it would be a great practical joke." The sign remained up for two days.


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