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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Cursed by Allah
Canada Buys Ely -- April Fool's Day, 2008
The Chamber of Commerce of Ely, Minnesota announced that Canada had expressed interest in buying the town and moving it north of the US/Canada border. In response to the offer, the town launched a "Keep Ely in Minnesota" campaign. Other buyers said to be interested in the town were Kansas, Oklahoma, Uzbekistan and a private party who wanted to move Ely to the South Pacific. The Ely Tourism Board subsequently said it dreamed up the hoax as a way to remind tourists that "we're still here." Reportedly, one woman phoned up the Chamber of Commerce in a panic, worried about what would happen to her property once the town moved to Canada.

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