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Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Use your left ear to detect lies
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Fake Fish Photos
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Lung-Powered Flying Machine
The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung ran this photo in its April Fool's Day edition to illustrate a (joke) story about a flying machine powered by the breath from a man's lungs. The man demonstrating the machine was identified as Erich Koycher. International News Photo, believing the story to be true, distributed the photo to its American subscribers. As a consequence, it subsequently appeared as factual news in many American papers, including in the New York Times. "Koycher" was a pun on the German word "keuchen," meaning to wheeze or gasp for breath.

Links and References
Man Flies By Own Lung Power, April Fool's Day Archive.


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