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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The worms inside your face
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Titanic Replica Visible From Cliffs -- April Fool's Day, 2001
Southern FM radio in Brighton announced that a full-size replica of the Titanic (constructed by the AFD Construction company) would be visible from the cliffs at Beachy Head as it sailed along the Sussex Coast. Hundreds of people braved the windy, treacherous cliffs to catch a glimpse of the sight. Many drove from as far as 30 or 40 miles away. So many people showed up that the cliffs developed a crack from their weight and a few days later collapsed into the water. (Though by that time everyone was gone.) The radio station later apologised to those who had been deceived.

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