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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The worms inside your face
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
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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