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Samsung invents the on/off switch
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jurors believe summons to be a joke -- April Fool's Day, 1959
Residents of St. Joseph, Missouri who received a notice on April 1st informing them they had been selected for jury duty thought the notices were a joke and none of them showed up. Deputy sheriffs had to make a special trip to their homes to inform them that the summons were real. The Sheriff's Department later made a special plea to the circuit judges: "Please don't draw a panel of jurors on April Fool's Day again." [The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Apr 3, 1959.]

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