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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Gerald Burley Honored -- April Fool's Day, 1971
BBC radio honored Gerald Burley, winner of the "Ettore Savini Memorial Prize." The program included taped tributes to the anthropologist and philanthropist from well-known persons, including violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the Bishop of Southwark. However, Gerald Burley was entirely nonexistent. A BBC spokesman reported that they later received a call from a woman claiming to be Gerald Burley's mistress demanding to know, "Why wasn't I asked to appear?"

April Fool Categories: Radio, United Kingdom, 1971, BBC.
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