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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
FatSox -- April Fool's Day, 2000
The Daily Mail revealed that American scientists had invented "FatSox" — socks made out of a revolutionary new material that actually sucked fat out of a person's body as they sweated. The discovery promised to "speed up the fight against flab without any extra effort."

The socks employed a nylon polymer that reacted with a newly-patented compound, Tetrafloramezathine, in order to draw fat out of the bloodstream: "As the exerciser warms up, molecules in the sock are activated by the increased blood flow and the material draws out the fatty liquids, or lipds, from the body through the sweat." After a good workout, the socks, and the fat, could simply be thrown away.

The socks had been tested on human "guinea pigs" at the Esporta Health Club in Crawley, Sussex. The club manager said, "Some of us were sceptical about these 'fat magnets' at first, but as your body gets hot you can really feel them working." As a result of the successful test, Esporta planned to offer the socks for sale, at £15.99 for a pack of three.


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