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Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
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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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