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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Butterfly Advertising -- April Fool's Day, 2002
Virgin Atlantic announced plans to begin advertising via genetically modified butterflies:
According to a study published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Dr Antonia Monteiro at SUNY Buffalo is developing a genetic modification method that would allow companies to put markings such as logos on butterflies by scanning their wings with a laser beam. Virgin is confident that butterfly advertising will become a successful and popular new medium for airlines… Virgin executives say they hope to launch the butterfly program by the spring, allowing time for final testing and lasering of the Virgin logo on the butterflies. Virgin hopes to be able to control the flight areas of the butterflies, keeping them within major park and recreational areas, but is still working out specific details."


April Fool Categories: Advertising, Animals, Corporations, 2002, Virgin.
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