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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Free Childcare at Political Offices -- April Fool's Day, 2009
An advertisement that appeared on page five of the Australian newspaper claimed that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had volunteered the use of the electorate offices as a child-minding service: "Each MP's electorate office will today be accepting newborns for a free child minding service. This is another example of Labor's commitment to working families." The advocacy group Get Up later claimed responsibility for the ad.


April Fool Categories: Government, Social Commentary, Australia, 2009.
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