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Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Zebra Savings Account -- April Fool's Day, 1999
The London Sunday Telegraph described an astonishing new savings account that guaranteed to pay the best rate available on the market at all times. The account was called a ZEBRA, short for Zero Energy Best Rate Account. It was being offered by the Hungarian bank Loof Lirpa, through its British subsidiary Lirpa UK. The bank was supposedly able to offer such a compelling rate because it used "a complicated mix of investment vehicles, including futures, options, swaps and pixies" (pixies, of course, are small, magical creatures, not investment vehicles). Thousands of people called the Sunday Telegraph seeking more information about this "trouble-free maximum-paying, no-risk investment."

April Fool Categories: Newspapers, United Kingdom, 1999, Banks, Finance.
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