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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Spray Photograph
On November 12, 1933, Hugh Gray was walking back from church along the shore of Loch Ness when, so he later claimed, he saw an "object of considerable dimensions—making a big splash with spray on the surface" of the Loch. Luckily he had his camera with him, so he began snapping pictures. Only one of the pictures showed anything. Nessie believers hailed it as the first photographic evidence of the monster. Skeptics, however, dismissed it as a blurry mess that doesn't show anything at all. Many have suggested that it looks like a distorted image of a dog (perhaps Mr. Gray's own) carrying a stick in its mouth as it swims through water.
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