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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Fake Fish Photos
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Ten-Stack Superliner -- April Fool's Day, 1938
Life magazine published a selection "strange photographs" which they identified as being typical of the kind that appeared in German newspapers and magazines on April 1. "Every April Fool's Day, the German press goes on a spree of printing photographic hoaxes, sprinkling fake pictures in with real ones, leaving readers to guess which is which."

Included among the "strange photographs" was the "ten-stack super liner" shown above:

"Its launching was announced for April 1. The photographer christened the ship President Roosevelt, declared that among its many superlative features was an auto track on which car-crazy Americans could race just to keep their hands in." [Life - Apr 4, 1938]

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