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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Day Lost to Stronger Trade Winds -- April Fool's Day, 2004
Nature.com reported a startling discovery made by astronomers. The increasing force of trade winds had slightly accelerated the spin of the Earth. As a consequence the length of the day had decreased over the past century, meaning that the calendar was now inaccurate: "Just as February has an extra day in leap years, we conclude that March ought to have 30 days once every 100 years, not 31… If we start the adjustments this year we should be back on track." In other words, "today should be 2 April, not 1 April."

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