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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Gmail Autopilot -- April Fool's Day, 2009
Google unveiled Gmail Autopilot, a feature that automatically reads and responds to your email, saving you the time of doing this. It boasted that Autopilot could mirror any communication style, could also work for Gmail chat, and would work even if both sender and recipient had Autopilot on:
Two Gmail accounts can happily converse with each other for up to three messages each. Beyond that, our experiments have shown a significant decline in the quality ranking of Autopilot's responses and further messages may commit you to dinner parties or baby namings in which you have no interest.

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