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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Cursed by Allah
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
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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