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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
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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