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The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
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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