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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
A black lion: real or fake?
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Cybrary -- April Fool's Day, 2001
The British Observer revealed an exciting new idea sweeping through the internet community — a "cybrary," or cyber-library. The idea, dreamed up by London dot.com entrepreneur Lee Peters, was to "store, on paper, all the books available on the net." Peters explained that he wanted to add a "tactile dynamic" to the internet experience. He prophesied that one day millions of people would be able to go "to a public building and handle the texts, creating for the first time a real physical interface." Peters admitted that storage space would be a problem, but he revealed that he was already in talks with a number of London councils which had recently closed their libraries who were willing to offer space to the venture.

April Fool Categories: Literary, Technology, Newspapers, United Kingdom, 2001.
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