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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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