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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Driver’s Weight Sensors -- April Fool's Day, 1989
BMW unveiled a "significant advance in anti-theft technology" — Driver's Weight Sensors:

"DWS stands for Driver's Weight Sensor. A unique system that compares the driver's weight with a pre-programmed value stored in the sensor's computer memory...
The sensor weight reading is then compared to the programmed weight in the memory, and provided this falls to within ±5%, the car will start normally.



If, however, the figure exceeds these tolerances, then a discreet gong sounds, and the entire ignition system is shut down."
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Interested readers were urged to contact Hugh Phelfrett at BMW.


April Fool Categories: Technology, Cars, Corporations, 1989, Loof Lirpa, BMW.
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