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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Erase-Only Memory -- April Fool's Day, 1982
Byte Magazine described an "erase-only memory" circuit in it's "What's New" section:
The Stanislowski Electronics 3131.3 is a 4 Kbyte, vigorous, random-access erase-only memory (RAEOM) Imaginary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (IMOS) integrated circuit (IC)... Possible applications include disposing of obsolete data and programs, destroying incriminating evidence, and amusing computer hobbyists. Due to the patented IMOS process, the 3131.3 remains fully functional even when power is removed, making it ideal for use during power blackouts.


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