Just Kidding, Folks!

April really brought out the practical jokers this year, and not just on the first day. Hoaxes, fakes and phonies kept cropping up all month long:

The Great Pretender. London's respected Independent newspaper reported April 1 that Arthur Wynd, a farmer claiming to be the illegitimate son of Edward VIII's "forgotten" twin brother, was challenging Queen Elizabeth II's right to be monarch. As outrage grew over the prospect of a royal DNA test, the paper admitted that it had made up the whole thing.

Murder, They Said. Three disk jockeys at Los Angeles radio station KROQ admitted that they had faked...

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