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Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
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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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