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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Fake Fish Photos
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Dog wins art contest, 1974
gDay Mate -- April Fool's Day, 2008
Google Australia debuted gDay technology "enabling you to search content on the internet before it is created":

The core technology that powers gDay™ is MATE™ (Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation). Using MATE's™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google's Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future. Google spiders crawl publicly available web information and our index of historic, cached web content. Using a mashup of numerous factors such as recurrence plots, fuzzy measure analysis, online betting odds and the weather forecast from the iGoogle weather gadget, we can create a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from now. We can use this technique to predict almost anything on the web – tomorrow's share price movements, sports results or news events. Plus, using language regression analysis, Google can even predict the actual wording of blogs and newspaper columns, 24 hours before they're written!


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