April Fools' Day Guardian hoaxes
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DATEPAPERNAME OF HOAXSHORT DESCRIPTIONLINKREACTION?REACTION LINK
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1-Apr-1974GuardianMinimal geniusFelix de Garcia, a neglected, unsuccesful artisthttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364213321923/Guardian-April-Fool-1974--001.jpgReaders called in wanting details of the exhibition
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1-Apr-1977GuardianSan SerriffeThe leader's rise to power in San Serriffehttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364213586179/Guardian-San-Serriffe-Apr-001.jpgLetters page, 02/04/1977, including missives from the San Serriffean Consulatehttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364316322915/san-seriffe-001.jpg

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1-Apr-1977GuardianSan SerriffeSan Serriffe travel supplementhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364213810167/San-Serriffe-April-Fool-G-001.jpgArticle on the reaction, 02/04/1977http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364316371522/SanS-reaction-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1978GuardianSan Serriffe - the sequelParody of other papers' coverage of San Serriffe - Daily Expresshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364214079117/San-Serriffe-sequel-April-001.jpgCongratulations in Parliament - "This House commends the Guardian newspaper on the high standard of its spoof for two successive years on April Fool's Day", 04/04/1978
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364317050552/House-of-C-spoof-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1978GuardianSan Serriffe - the sequelParody of other papers' coverage of San SerriffeLetters to the editor, 04/04/1978
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1-Apr-1978GuardianSan Serriffe - the sequelParody of other papers' coverage of San SerriffeT-shirt offerhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364485734766/tshirt-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1979Observer 'Sky Dot'New travel scheme shrinking people to the size of a full-stop. Done with Freddie Lakerhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364214393483/Sky-Dot-Observer-April-Fo-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1981GuardianScientists discovered how to control the weatherVarious stories on supposed development by United Kingdom Weather Authority of a machine to control the weather - front page storyhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364230947410/Weather-April-fool-1981-G-001.jpgClarification published the following week and reference to the story being taken up and presented as factual in a local paperhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364487955730/pershore-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1981GuardianScientists discovered how to control the weatherVarious stories on supposed development by United Kingdom Weather Authority of a machine to control the weather Hilarious letters on the subjecthttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364489496921/Weather-letter-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1981GuardianScientists discovered how to control the weatherDetailed storyhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364230669104/Weather-April-fool-1981-G-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1984ObserverChannel Sex - a new sex film channelFront page story from Pendennis on plans for a new sex channel, registered to Panama-Alien Porn SA.http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364231709490/April-fools-1984-Channel--001.jpgReferred to by William Keegan a week later as being deemed perfectly plausible by readershttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364489852407/keegan-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1985GuardianGuardian Gourmet ClubA chance for Guardian readers to save money and win cash prizes based on calorific countershttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364232408804/April-fool-Gourmet-Club-1-001.jpgVarious letters
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1-Apr-1985GuardianGuardian Gourmet ClubHow the game workshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364232244798/April-fool-Guardian-Gourm-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1986GuardianLeftwing job advertisementsFollowing the closure of the GLC the Guardian places leftwing job ads for roles like Liberation Theologian and Senior Rhubarb Consultant http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364317858969/April-fools-left-wing-job-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1986GuardianLeftwing job advertisementsFollowing the closure of the GLC the Guardian places leftwing job ads for roles like Liberation Theologian and Senior Rhubarb Consultant http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364317917501/April-fools-left-wing-job-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1987Guardian18th century photograph discoveredA photograph found in a cave in Japan is believed to have been taken by rebel scientist Yorimoto Hishida in the 18th centuryhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364233202727/April-fools-1987-early-ph-001.jpgVarious letters, including one reader who sheepishly admits attempting to attend the exhibitionhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364233428993/April-fools-1987-readers--001.jpg
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1-Apr-1987Guardian18th century photograph discoveredAn ad is placed on page 3 directing readers to an exhibition in Londonhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364233303553/April-fools-1987-early-ph-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1988GuardianRobert Maxwell's secret Scottish roots and spy workAlan Rusbridger reviews Liechtenstein's ace investigative reporter Kerlmann Kneifener's new biography, Robert Maxwell: A Secret Life http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364485568400/Maxwell-review-001.jpgA letter from a reader continuing the jokehttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364485869491/Maxwell-letter-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1988GuardianRobert Maxwell's secret Scottish roots and spy workFront page story on Kneifener's biography of Maxwellhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/25/1364234006726/April-fool-Robert-Maxwell-001.jpgDiary reports that the story has been reported as fact by Spanish newspaper Diario 16 http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364485342794/Maxwell-001.jpg
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31-Mar-1990GuardianGuardian for SundayA new Sunday supplement, to be published every Saturdayhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364298048232/April-fools-Guardian-for--001.jpgVarious letters: "Please forward a copy to my aunt in Sans Serriffe"http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364298337921/April-fools-letter-in-res-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1990ObserverOrson Welles' The Magnificent AmbersonsPhilip French announced that Welles' film had been reassembled and was being shown at the NFThttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364296962332/April-fool-Orson-Welles-M-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1991GuardianProfile of David HumphreyJohn Major's oldest friend and newest guru, owner of 31 cardiganshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364298957210/April-fools-John-Major-ad-001.jpgLetter from "Doctor David Humphrey" pointing out errorshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364299037362/April-fools-reader-letter-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1992GuardianThe Guardian Men page"Out of the ashes of feminism and post-feminism rises a different sort of page" http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364299559247/April-fools-Guardian-Men--001.jpgSeveral letters the following week implore the Men's page returnshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/28/1364484854804/Mens-page-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1993GuardianCiao! The Hello-style magazine that puts the 'in' into intellectualhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364300238314/April-fools-Ciao-magazine-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1993GuardianCiao! Interview with John Gummer and his wife, from the 12-page Ciao! magazinehttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364300381521/April-fools-Ciao-mag-John-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1993GuardianCiao! Julie Burchill shares her beauty secrets in Ciao!http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364300756205/April-fools-Julie-Burchil-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1994GuardianCabinet MakersDrawing on the craze for Fantasy Football etc, the Guardian creates a fantasy government equivalent, inviting readers to build their own cabinethttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364301753642/April-fools-Cabinet-Maker-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1994GuardianCabinet MakersThe rules of the game and registration form, asking readers who they voted for in the 1992 electionhttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364301806864/April-fools-Cabinet-Maker-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1995GuardianLiz Hurley - tired of lingerie, tired of lifeColumn supposedly written by Liz Hurley http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364302212378/April-fools-Liz-Hurley-co-001.jpgClarification published the following week - "ELIZABETH HURLEY has asked us to point out that an article printed under her name on April 1 was not actually written by her and was published without her knowledge..."http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364302997778/April-fools-Liz-Hurley-cl-001.jpg
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1-Apr-1996GuardianThe Queen sets up her own websitehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1996/apr/01/1
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1-Apr-1999GuardianReturn to San Serriffehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/1999/apr/01/features11.g24
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1-Apr-2002GuardianInterview with Harmony Cousinshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2002/apr/01/features11.g2Bit of a failure
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1-Apr-2002GuardianInterview with Harmony CousinsPortrait photograph of Harmony Cousinshttp://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/3/26/1364318356873/April-fools-Harmony-Cousi-001.jpg
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1-Apr-2004GuardianPeter Mandelson to be the new BBC Chairmanhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2004/apr/01/radio.pressandpublishing
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1-Apr-2005GuardianBlair to make Prince Charles "countryside tsar"http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2005/apr/01/uk.ruralaffairs
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1-Apr-2006GuardianColdplay writes song for CameronColdplay's Chris Martin supporting David Cameron with a special recordhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/apr/01/mainsection.topstories2Some in the Labour party believed it http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/apr/03/uk.media
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1-Apr-2007ObserverTony Blair to star in The CruciblePrime Minister agrees to take role in The Crucible after an approach from his friend Kevin Spaceyhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2007/apr/01/uk.artnews
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1-Apr-2008GuardianCarla Bruni-Sarkozy to give Britain style lessonsCarla Bruni-Sarkozy has been appointed by Gordon Brown to lead a government initiative to inject style and glamour into national lifehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2008/apr/01/7
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1-Apr-2009GuardianTwitter switch for GuardianThe Guardian announces that it will become the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitterhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/01/guardian-twitter-media-technologyReaders' editor on April Foolishnesshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/06/april-fools-guardian
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1-Apr-2010Guardian 'Step outside posh boy'Gordon Brown's new campaign posterhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/01/labour-gordon-brown-hard-manGoes viral on Twitter, spin-off posters created. Guardian prints 100 t-shirts to give awayhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/01/gordon-brown-april-fool-guardian
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1-Apr-2011GuardianGuardian turns pro-monarchyLeading articlehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/01/magic-monarchy-royal-momentAustralian monarchists fell for ithttp://www.mediaspy.org/report/2011/04/03/the-guardians-joke-fools-australias-monarchists/
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1-Apr-2011GuardianGuardian turns pro-monarchyRoyal Wedding live bloghttp://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/by-royal-appointment/2011/apr/01/royal-wedding-live-updates
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1-Apr-2012ObserverShaun Ryder is Cameron's new advisorDavid Cameron has asked Shaun Ryder to advise number 10 on class, and launch a t-shirt campaign to banish 'pastygate'http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/01/cameron-shaun-ryder-advise-tories@HappyMondays believed the story - "Shaun may be a Tory ..thats his choice..me n Paul are firm Labour....and if Cameron does come to a Mondays gig..we wont be greeting him". But to be fair, "Shaun has always been a Tory & thatcherite..so I did believe it..plus how the fuck do I know its April?"
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1-Apr-2012ObserverShaun Ryder's t-shirt campaign in picsPictures of celebrities wearing Shaun Ryder's "We're all eating this together!" pasty t-shirtshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/gallery/2012/apr/01/all-eating-together-campaign-picturesMiranda Hart (@mermhart) took to Twitter - "apparently in press i'm modelling a t-shirt for the Conservative Party. First I've heard of it... I do hate April Fools Day."
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1-Apr-2013GuardianGuardian launches 'augmented reality' specs to offer immersive liberal insighthttp://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/01/guardian-goggles
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1-Apr-2013GuardianVideo explaining 'augmented reality'http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2013/apr/01/guardian-goggles-video
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1-Apr-2014GuardianScotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green lighthttp://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/01/scotland-driving-on-right-independence-road-scheme
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1-Apr-2014GuardianVideo explaing the changeshttp://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2014/apr/01/scottish-roads-plan-explained-video
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