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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
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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