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The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Dog wins art contest, 1974
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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