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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
A black lion: real or fake?
The worms inside your face
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Free internet access through digital radio -- April Fool's Day, 2009
Australia's Courier Mail reported that the roll-out of digital radio in Queensland had the unintended side effect of making high-speed internet access freely available through old radio receivers. The paper interviewed the University of Queensland's head of frequency physics Prof Sayd al Lio who said, "the technicians had tapped into something that had eluded researchers for decades." To access the free internet, readers were instructed to place a radio on a surface outdoors in a direct line towards the Mt. Coot-tha radio towers:

Tune in to any AM station with a moderate volume, not so loud it annoys the neighbours. Place your laptop behind the radio receiver, again in a direct line with the towers, and open your favourite internet browser. Experts say that today, April 1, otherwise known as April Fool's Day, should produce the strongest signal.

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