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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The worms inside your face
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Five-Wheel Drive -- April Fool's Day, 1990
Hoffman York & Compton, a Milwaukee advertising firm, released promotional material introducing the Caballo XL, described as a revolutionary new South American car built around 'five-wheel drive' technology:
Conventional auto technology has the steering wheel rigidly anchored to a gear reducer. And that gear reducer has always been firmly riveted to the main frame… We've introduced a unique shock absorbing system to the entire steering command, including wheel, shaft and driver's seat. By integrating the steering wheel to the seat we've isolated it, and you, from the frame. That, in turn, virtually eliminates all of the bone shattering vibration that can rob you of control.

As a result, drivers would be able to drive at speeds in excess of 160 mph over rough, bumpy roads. The small firm later said that it issued the release in order to drum up business from the car industry by showing that it could play in the big leagues.

April Fool Categories: Advertising, Cars, United States, 1990.
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