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Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Cursed by Allah
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Severed Arm Prank
A strange April Fool's Day prank: A Ministry of Fisheries worker on a trawler in subantarctic waters radioed his superior to tell him that a human arm had been found in the water. Specifically, his message said:
"Me again. We had a rather gruesome catch in tonight's shot. The remains of a human arm. It has been taken off below the elbow and it is not a clean cut. Yuk. It hasn't been in the water for very long, and I was wondering if any of the Russian boats has had an accident. The captain has been on the radio to the Korean vessels and none of them have had any accidents, so I'm guessing it's off a Russian. It is in the hold with the birds so let me know what you want me to do with it. Cheers."

A full-scale search and rescue operation was prepared, but then the observer admitted it was just an April Fool prank. Apparently he had played the same one five years ago. Sounds like someone is going a little stir crazy down there in the subantarctic! [Otago Daily Times]
Categories: April Fools Day
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 11, 2009
Comments (2)
I have several severed limbs in my closet, cuz here in Murca we have the right to Keep and Bear Arms. De nada
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed May 13, 2009  at  08:05 PM
is fishing for squid and Toothfish *that* dull? And why didn't anyone remember this clown from the year before and double-check?
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Fri May 15, 2009  at  02:00 AM
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