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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Zoo reroutes prank calls -- April Fool's Day, 1959
The New York Times reported that "The Bronx Botanical and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are awaiting, wearily, their usual calls for Messrs Astor, Bush and Flower, and the Planetarium the usual requests for Mr. McCloud or Mr. Starr." However, the employees of the Bronx Zoo and the Coney Island Aquarium were given secret numbers to use, so that all calls to the regular numbers could be intercepted by the telephone company, "and the joke victims told the hard truth." The telephone company estimated that it intercepted well over 5000 prank calls. [New York Times, Apr 1, 1959.]

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