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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
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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