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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Death of Alan Abel, 1980
On January 2, 1980 the New York Times announced the death of Alan Abel on its obituary page. It provided a flattering account of his career. The obituary read, in part:

Alan Abel, a writer, musician and film producer who specialized in satire and lampoons, died of a heart attack yesterday at Sundance, a ski resort near Orem, Utah, while investigating a location for a new film. He was 50 years old and lived in Manhattan and Westport, Conn.

Mr. Abel, a graduate of Ohio State University with majors in music and speech, made a point in his work of challenging the obvious and uttering the outrageous. He gained national recognition several years ago when he mounted a campaign for animal decency, demanding that horses and dogs, for example, be fitted with underwear.

Unfortunately for the Times, Abel was not dead. The Times learned this when Abel held a press conference the next day in which he revealed that the news of his death was a hoax engineered by himself and a team of twelve accomplices. It is reported that the editor of the Times was so mad at the deception, that he vowed to never print Abel's name again. This was a vow the editor was unable to keep.
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