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The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Cursed by Allah
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Soybean Computer Disks -- April Fool's Day, 1985
Byte Magazine featured a section called "What's Not," instead of its usual "What's Hot" section. Included were technological gadgets such as computer disks made of soybeans:
If merely erasing sensitive data is not enough for you, Soycure Systems of Tokyo has developed the ultimate in disk security. Made entirely of processed soybeans, Parasoya Disks are writable, readable, and edible. Parasoya disks contain 84 percent more protein than average floppy disks and are available in 5¼-inch (regular) and 3½-inch (crunchy) formats.


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