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Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Metric Time -- April Fool's Day, 1975
Australia's This Day Tonight revealed that the country would soon be converting to "metric time." Under the new system there would be 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour, and 20-hour days. Furthermore, seconds would become millidays, minutes become centidays, and hours become decidays. The report included an interview with Deputy Premier Des Corcoran who (participating in the prank) praised the new time system. The Adelaide townhall was shown sporting a new 10-hour metric clock face. The show received numerous calls from viewers who fell for the hoax. One caller wanted to know how he could convert his newly purchased digital clock to metric time. [Source: Talking TelevisionAU]

April Fool Categories: Measurements, Time and Date, Television, Australia, 1975.
I live in Adelaide and I remember this joke. We watched the report in stunned disbelief; until my mother noticed the date!
Posted by mcm  in  Adelaide  on  Fri Jun 12, 2009  at  08:58 PM
I can remember being told by our science teacher about this change to time and how we could go along to the post office and get little stickers that we could place around our watch faces - I still do not know to this day if he had fallen for the joke or if he was trying to fool us.
Posted by Leigh  on  Thu Mar 31, 2011  at  05:31 PM
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