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Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Fake Fish Photos
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The 5-megabyte Hard Drive -- April Fool's Day, 1982
The Sinclair ZX81, launched in 1981, was the first cheap mass-market home computer. However, it lacked a hard drive, storing data instead on audio tape cassettes. However, Byte magazine revealed that a third-party supplier, Hindsight Engineering, was introducing a 5-megabyte hard disk for the ZX81. (At the time, 5 megabytes was considered an extremely large size):

Responding to an obvious need of ZX81 owners for more data storage space, Hindsight Engineering has developed a 5-megabyte hard-disk system for the Sinclair ZX81. The system is available in either assembled or kit forms. The kit includes instructions for building your own clean room for kit assembly. A DOS will soon be available.

Hundreds of readers wrote to the magazine requesting more information.


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