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Killer Whale Attacks Bear

Does this photo show a killer whale attacking a bear? No big surprise here. The photo is fake. I'm not sure how many people actually ever believed it was real, but Snopes reported that a number of people "pondered it seriously and questioned its authenticity." The photo originated as an April Fool's Day joke posted on the Heart of Vancouver Island Facebook page.

Edward Mordake—A Mystery Solved

In which I argue that the two-faced man Edward Mordake was really the literary creation of the 19th-century poet Charles Lotin Hildreth.

The Origin of the Word Canard

'Canard' is the French word for duck, but in both French and English it can also mean a false or absurd story, particularly one printed in a newspaper.

Oomedoodle Bird

The Oomedoodle is a legless bird native to Australia. It is so named because of the distinctive cry it makes every time it lands on its exposed nether regions: "Oomedoodle!

Touching wires means instant death and prosecution!

Throughout much of the 20th Century, the following anecdote (in various forms) ran in many newspapers: Outside a power station is a sign reading: "To touch these wires means instant death.

Football Streaker Video

Grainy video of a streaker at a football game was posted online in late March and quickly went viral, with over 2 millions views in less than 2 days.

Kenya’s Best April Fools

Standard Digital News offers a round-up of April Fool's Day hoaxes that's a bit different. The 10 best ever from Kenya.

The Left-Handed Whopper

For many years, I've had Burger King's left-handed whopper hoax from 1998 listed as one of the most popular April Fool hoaxes of all time.

Top 100 Fools, and other stuff

I haven't posted on the front page in far too long. But I haven't been ignoring the site. I was busy pursuing one of my own personal obsessions, which was creating a complete archive of the history of April Fool's Day.

The Hundred-Million-Dollar Robbery of the U.S. Treasury

On April 1, 1905 the Berliner Tageblatt broke the news of a shocking and massive crime. All the gold and silver in the U.S.

Brides for Liechtenstein

Back in 1928, the weekly German periodical Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung published an article in its early April issue about a Bride Import company that had been created to supply wives to the men of Liechtenstein.

Lard From Live Pigs

Daily News - May 1921In May 1921, a story ran in the British Daily News about an unusual advance in pig farming.

Dachshunds listed in Social Directory

The Social Directory of the United States, published in 1939, described itself as an authoritative listing of "prominent [American] families who through culture, ancestry, tradition and aristocracy of achievement have risen and maintained the heights of social leadership." Being included in the directory was no easy achievement, its publisher promised.

Konstant Kitten

The website claims to offer a service that's like a Netflix for kittens. They'll ship you an adorable kitten.

Self-Kidnapping Attempt Goes Awry

From the incompetent criminals file: Back in 1974, 20-year-old Kenneth Lutz of Grand Terrace, California thought he had found an easy way to scam his parents.

The Quahaug-Dropping Seagulls of Martha’s Vineyard

Seagulls have learned that they can break open quahaugs (hard-shelled clams) by dropping them from great heights onto hard surfaces such as roads or rocks.

Tijuana Pandas

From Italy comes news that authorities have closed a circus that was trying to pass off painted dogs as panda bears.

The Demon on a Hospital Bed

The image appears to show a dark demon squatting on top of a hospital bed. Its precise origin is unknown, but it traces back to at least December 2013 when a hi-res version of it was posted on the paranormal section of Reddit.

The bogus store that never happened

Here's an example from 1975 of bureaucracy at its finest. The Nassau County District Attorney planned to create a "bogus store" equipped with hidden surveillance equipment and manned by undercover cops, in order to catch people selling stolen goods on behalf of organized crime.

The Teenage Stock Market Genius Who Made $72 Million

Mohammed IslamNew York Magazine has egg on its face after running a story claiming that a 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student made $72 million on the stock market.