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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Yum Cha Carts Regulated -- April Fool's Day, 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that new legislation had been proposed that would require operators of yum cha trolley carts (as seen in Chinese restaurants) to obtain a license. The legislation had been proposed due to "dangerous trolley usage in yum-cha eateries." An expert noted: "There's been a lot of problem with dumpling accidents particularly. Dumplings retain their heat for quite some time. You get one of those in your lap and it can be extremely painful." Under the new rules, operators of the food carts would first have to complete an instructional course, and then would "carry a small 'L' plate on their carts for six months before being granted full licences."

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