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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
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Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
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Shellac, Sound of the Future -- April Fool's Day, 2003
National Public Radio's All Things Considered ran a segment about the efforts by preservationists to transfer audio recordings to a durable medium that would last far into the future. The medium they had decided upon: shellac (what Edison used when he first invented recording technology back in the nineteenth century). Rick Karr reported:
The format needs to be reliably re-created and understood by civilizations 50, 100 or even 1,000 years from now. But thanks to a grant from the Smolian-Giovannoni Foundation, all of these audio formats are being transferred onto 10-inch wide, 78 rpm shellac disks—the one rock-solid format archivists have identified that works every time.

And so works such as Vanilla Ice's debut CD were being painstakingly transferred onto shellac. The report concluded: "If funding levels can be maintained, experts estimate the archiving project can catch up with recordings made before 2003 by April 1, 2089."


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April Fool Categories: Music, Technology, Radio, United States, 2003, NPR.
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