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The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
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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