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Man flies by own lung power, 1934
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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Shake Your Mobile -- April Fool's Day, 2004
In an update of the Instant Color TV prank from 1962, Sweden's largest newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, reported that Hubert Hochsztapler, a researcher at Sweden's top engineering school, had made a surprising discovery: "if you shake your GSM, or second-generation, phone hard enough, you can access the new high-tech third-generation (3G) frequency which is only supposed to be available to 3G phones." This would allow users of older-model mobile phones to watch movies on their phones simply by shaking them.

April Fool Categories: Technology, Newspapers, Sweden, 2004.
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