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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Fake Fish Photos
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
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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