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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
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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