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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Cursed by Allah
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Zebra Savings Account -- April Fool's Day, 1999
The London Sunday Telegraph described an astonishing new savings account that guaranteed to pay the best rate available on the market at all times. The account was called a ZEBRA, short for Zero Energy Best Rate Account. It was being offered by the Hungarian bank Loof Lirpa, through its British subsidiary Lirpa UK. The bank was supposedly able to offer such a compelling rate because it used "a complicated mix of investment vehicles, including futures, options, swaps and pixies" (pixies, of course, are small, magical creatures, not investment vehicles). Thousands of people called the Sunday Telegraph seeking more information about this "trouble-free maximum-paying, no-risk investment."

April Fool Categories: Newspapers, United Kingdom, 1999, Banks, Finance.
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