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April Fools?
With trade shows running the gamut on every topic from Satan to "Star Trek," the exhibition industry can sometimes seem unreal. That's why we challenge you to guess which of these shows are fact and which are fake. When you're finished, you might be convinced that truth really is stranger than fiction.
By Charles Pappas

3. Cookbook Fair
You can feast on sessions about Spanish hams and binding luxury cookbooks, while sampling the 250 available libations from an on-site microbrewery at this show.
Show Sham

1. Reproductive Health New
Technologies & Products Expo

To mark World Population Day, this expo offers models in wedding gowns, evening dresses, and skimpy bikinis made of nothing
but condoms.
Show Sham
2. Pork Congress
This trade show offers a "PSI: Pig Scene Investigation" course to help attendees sleuth out why their swine went belly up.
Show Sham

4. Reality Rocks Expo
Meet your favorite stars from "Top Chef" to "Hardcore Pawn," pitch your idea for a reality show, and even audition to become the next Honey Boo Boo at this television-themed expo.
Show Sham

5. International Cannabis & Hemp Expo
Cheech and Chong would feel right at home at this event, with its THC-laced chocolate bananas, $500 water bongs, and joint-rolling competitions.
Show Sham

6. LockCon
Attendees learn many useful skills at this event, such as how to make keys from 3-D printers that will open any pair of police handcuffs in the world.
Show Sham


8. International Congress
of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

The spellbinding courses at this
show include how the comics depict hypnosis, how to perform age regression, and tips to reverse cancer.
Show Sham
7. American Mosquito Control
Association Annual Meeting

No one bugs out early at this event, where attendees study how to control the pests by making houses for mosquito-munching bats to hunt from.
Show Sham
9. Society of Professional
Obituary Writers Convention

No one speaks ill of the dead, especially at this show, where the best obit writers in the country are awarded the Oscars of their profession, known as the Grimmies.
Show Sham

10. World's Fair of Money
Money isn't everything – except at this trade show, where coin dealers show off $100,000 bills, display gold coins worth $15 million, and generate nearly $50 million in show-floor sales.
Show Sham


11. Erotica Lifestyles Expo

This show sponsors an annual topless Boobs on Bikes Parade watched by nearly 100,000 spectators.
Show Sham
Click here to check your answers
Believe it or not, all of these shows are real. And we're not fooling around.
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