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The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Samsung invents the on/off switch
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
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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