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Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The worms inside your face
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Solar Complexus Americanus -- April Fool's Day, 1995
The Glasgow Herald described the recent arrival in Britain of a new energy-saving miracle: heat-generating plants. These plants, known by the scientific name Solar Complexus Americanus, were imports from Venezuela. One plant alone, fed by nothing more than three pints of water a day, generated as much heat as a 2kw electric fire. A few of these horticultural wonders placed around a house could entirely eliminate the need for a central-heating system, and when submerged in water, the plants created a constant supply of hot water. The Scandinavian botanist responsible for discovering these hot-air producers was Professor Olaf Lipro.

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