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The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Instant Color TV -- April Fool's Day, 1962
Sveriges Television, Sweden's National TV broadcaster, announced that it would be conducting an experiment that would allow its viewers to receive color reception on their black-and-white sets. The station's technical expert, Kjell Stensson, explained thanks to a new technology that took advantage of the prismatic nature of light and the phenomenon of “double slit interference," viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen. Stensson proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were taken in. Regular color broadcasts only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970. (For more details, see the article Instant Color TV in the Hoaxipedia.)


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