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The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
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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