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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Anti-Track Control -- April Fool's Day, 1992
A commercial for BMW aired on British TV promoting a revolutionary new technology, "anti-track control," that enabled the removal of tire tracks from the ground. The ad explained that the technology had been developed by East German military authorities, but it could now be used by surreptitious lovers seeking to conceal their tracks from suspicious partners. The spoof commercial was created for BMW by ad agency WCRS. The footage of disappearing tire tracks was created by taking a previous BMW commercial and playing it backwards.

April Fool Categories: Cars, Corporations, 1992, BMW.
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