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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Infinite Power Generator -- April Fool's Day, 2002
Online retailer ThinkGeek.com debuted a Desktop Zero-Point Infinite Power Generator, at a price of only $199.99, although the item was permanently "On Backorder".

"At the quantum level, all matter in the universe vibrates constantly - even at absolute zero! The Desktop Zero-Point Power Generator takes advantage of this seething abundant energy by converting naturally occurring EM energy into 120 Volts / 200 Amps of electricity.
The generator is 8 inches square, and weighs just under 3 pounds. When activated, the generator will generate power indefinitely! The unit emits a very quiet whirr, and less than 600 rem of residual ionizing radiation! ThinkGeek recommends you drain the unit's non-volitile waste chamber once every three months, and dispose of the tritium/deuterium slurry at a licensed disposal facility.
Sorry, not available in 220V."


A ThinkGeek spokesman later told Wired magazine that long after posting the generator for sale, they continued to receive numerous requests to purchase it: "We've had people e-mailing us from all over the world telling us they were very interested in it."

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