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The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
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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