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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Cursed by Allah
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Google Mentalplex -- April Fool's Day, 2000
Google unveiled "MentalPlex" search technology that read the user's mind to determine what the user wanted to search for, thus eliminating the need for typing. Users were instructed to:
  • Remove hat and glasses.
  • Peer into MentalPlex circle. DO NOT MOVE YOUR HEAD
  • Project mental image of what you want to find
  • Click or visualize clicking within the MentalPlex circle

If someone clicked the MentalPlex circle, search results for "April Fools" appeared, as well as a notice that MentalPlex was "unclear on whether your search is about money or monkeys."


April Fool Categories: Internet Technology, Websites, 2000, Internet, Google.
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