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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Wisconsin’s Capitol Collapses
The Madison Capital-Times ran this photo on its front page to accompany an article, in honor of April Fool's Day, about the dome of the Wisconsin state capitol supposedly collapsing because "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers, had in some way been ignited."

By modern standards the picture looks phony, but many readers in 1933 were fooled. One particularly irate reader wrote in declaring the hoax "was not only tactless and void of humor, but also a hideous jest."

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