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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
IPO for F/rite Air -- April Fool's Day, 2000
By April 2000, the dot.com bubble was rapidly deflating. This didn't deter hundreds of Dutch investors from lining up to buy shares in F/rite Air, which was being billed as a hot new technology company backed by supporters such as Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and George Soros. The announcement about the company's IPO was posted on iex.nl, a financial web site for Dutch investors. It was reported that shares in the IPO could be reserved for $18 each by email, although it was said that analysts anticipated the stock soaring to above $80 on the first day of its filing. The company seemed like a sure thing, and almost immediately orders worth over $7 million flooded in. The orders didn't stop coming in even after the newspapers had revealed the IPO to be an April Fool's Day joke. F/rite air was a pun for 'Fried air' (i.e. Hot Air).

Note that "fried air" is a transliteration of "gebakken lucht". The Dutch saying "gebakken lucht verkopen" (selling fried air) is used to indicate a scam.
Posted by Timo Frenay  on  Fri Apr 01, 2005  at  09:43 AM
Ouch terrible joke to pull on investors
Posted by Emelia  in  CT  on  Wed Jan 30, 2008  at  05:58 AM
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