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Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
A black lion: real or fake?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Holy Grail Discovered -- April Fool's Day, 1994
Discover magazine reported that an archaeologist digging in Jerusalem had uncovered the legendary Holy Grail. The archaeologist, Leon Decoeur, found the grail on Christmas eve when, for no particular reason, he had decided to work late at the dig. The discovery had sparked intense excitement and controversy in the scientific community, although some doubted Decoeur's findings, remembering that 15 years earlier he had claimed to have found the Sermon on the Mount. Most exciting of all, blood had been found at the bottom of the cup. Decoeur hypothesized that the DNA of Jesus might reveal, once and for all, "that we're closer to chimpanzees than to the deity."

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