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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Fake Fish Photos
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
GM and Chrysler ordered out of NASCAR -- April Fool's Day, 2009
Car and Driver Magazine revealed that the White House had ordered GM and Chrysler to stop participating in NASCAR by the end of the 2009 season, deeming it an "unnecessary expenditure." Failure to comply would disqualify them from receiving any additional bailout money from the government.

The White House explained: "In order to receive this money, corporations must demonstrate they will spend it wisely. Racing has been said to improve on-road technology, but frankly, NASCAR almost flaunts its standing among the lowest-tech forms of motorsport. NASCAR is not proven to drive advancements that transfer from the racetrack to the road, and this nation's way forward does not hinge on decades-old technology. We need new, and we need innovation."

NASCAR was said to be exploring other options, such as inviting Korea's Hyundai corporation to compete in GM and Chrysler's place.

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