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Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The worms inside your face
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Hong Kong Powdered Water -- April Fool's Day, 1982
The South China Morning Post announced that a solution to Hong Kong’s water shortage was at hand. First, scientists had found a way to drain the clouds surrounding the island’s peak of their water by electrifying them via antennae erected on the peak. The paper warned that this might have a negative impact on surrounding property values, but the government had approved the project nevetheless. Second, more clouds could be attracted to the region by means of a weather satellite positioned over India. And finally, packets of powdered water imported from China would be distributed to all the residents of Hong Kong. A single pint of water added to this powdered water would magically transform into ten pints of drinkable water.

Hong Kong’s radio shows were flooded with calls from people eager to discuss these solutions to the water shortage. Many of the calls were supportive of the plans, but one woman pointed out that the pumps needed to supply powdered water would be too complicated and expensive.

April Fool Categories: Climate, Food and Drink, Newspapers, China, 1982.
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