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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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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