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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Dashboard Tire Pressure Control -- April Fool's Day, 1985
BMW announced that its Chief development engineer, Herr Brehn, had come up with a solution for the "irksome chore" of maintaining correct tire pressure: dashboard tire pressure control:

"Herr Brehn perfected a revolving seal, kept airtight by an ingenious contra-flow of air under very high pressure... Touch a button on the console and a digital display gives pressure... A compressor feeds air into storage units. It then travels to the wheel centre via the revolving seal and through to the tyre. Excess pressure is merely vented into the contra-flow system."


April Fool Categories: Cars, 1985, BMW.
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