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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
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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