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Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Glossoresonator -- April Fool's Day, 1963
In the week before April 1st, the New York Telephone company announced that it planned to use a new transistorized device called a "Glossoresonator" to intercept prank calls to the Bronx zoo. It noted that on the last April 1, 929 prank calls had been made to the zoo. However, it declined to explain exactly how the glossoresonator worked.

But when April 1st arrived, the company admitted that no such device existed. Nor had its announcement done anything to deter pranksters from calling the zoo. 755 hoax calls were intercepted by operators.

April Fool Categories: Strange Inventions, 1963, Zoo Prank.
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