The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Internet Spring Cleaning -- April Fool's Day, 1997
An email message circulated warning that the internet would be shut down for cleaning for 24 hours from March 31st until April 2nd. This cleaning was said to be necessary to clear out the "electronic flotsam and jetsam" that had accumulated in the network. Dead e-mail and inactive ftp, www, and gopher sites would be purged. The cleaning would be done by "five very powerful Japanese-built multi-lingual Internet-crawling robots (Toshiba ML-2274) situated around the world." During this period, users were warned to disconnect all devices from the internet. The message supposedly originated from the "Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff, Main Branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

The joke was an updated version of an old one that used to be told about the phone system. For many years, gullible phone customers had been warned that the phone systems would be cleaned on April Fool's Day. They were cautioned to place plastic bags over the ends of the phone to catch the dust that might be blown out of the phone lines during this period.

There are no comments yet for this article.
Submit a Comment
In order to post comments you have to register as a member of the site.


All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.