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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
A black lion: real or fake?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Saudi Mufti Condemns April Fool’s Day -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Saudi Arabia's chief cleric, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, issued a fatwa decreeing that April Fool's Day was a form of organized lying practiced by unbelievers, and that Muslims therefore should not participate in the tradition. He made his comments in response to a query from the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh. Al-Sheik acknowledged that many younger Muslims were beginning to adopt the custom, but said, "It is prohibited because lying is prohibited at all times and under all conditions." He noted only three exceptions to this rule: when lying brings reconciliation between people, when it occurs during times of war, or when a husband or wife must protect the honor of the spouse.

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