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Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Wisconsin’s Capitol Collapses
The Madison Capital-Times ran this photo on its front page to accompany an article, in honor of April Fool's Day, about the dome of the Wisconsin state capitol supposedly collapsing because "large quantities of gas, generated through many weeks of verbose debate in the Senate and Assembly chambers, had in some way been ignited."

By modern standards the picture looks phony, but many readers in 1933 were fooled. One particularly irate reader wrote in declaring the hoax "was not only tactless and void of humor, but also a hideous jest."

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