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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
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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