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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
BMW Uninvents the Wheel -- April Fool's Day, 2005
BMW warned that by the end of 2007 right-hand drive cars would be banned throughout mainland Europe. In response, their engineers had developed "hands-free steering":

"It uses a combination of sensors and VAT (Voice Activated Technology" and does away with the steering wheel altogether. All the dials and controls are mounted in the centre of the dash on a pivoting section which can be angled towards either of the front seats...
Early prototypes were prone to sudden U-turns if the driver swung round to shout at the children in the back, but a satellite monitoring system developed by Dr. Bitt-Fischi, our head of R&D, has eradicated this minor flaw."


April Fool Categories: Cars, 2005, Stupid Laws, BMW.
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