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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
YouTube Rickrolls its Visitors -- April Fool's Day, 2008
YouTube "rickrolled" its visitors. All the "featured video" links on its front page sent people to a video of 1980s pop singer Rick Astley singing his 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up. The video was posted under the user name YTRickRollsYou. Over 7 million people fell for the prank.

["Rickrolling" is a bait-and-switch-style prank that became popular on the internet in 2007. The prank is simple. A victim is tricked into clicking a link that takes them to a video of Rick Astley's song.]


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