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Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Cursed by Allah
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
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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