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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Black-Hole Diode -- April Fool's Day, 1981
Byte Magazine, in its What's New column, described a useful new computer component, the 7N-∞ BHD (black-hole diode):
Another new addition in the small-components market is the 7N-∞ BHD (black-hole diode). This device has two inputs and no output. Care must be taken to shield this component appropriately or it may absorb the unit it is placed in. The 7N-∞ will accept any voltage or current value. It is useful for GI (garbage-in) applications. Due to the light-absorption qualities of the device, we could not provide a photograph. Contact Spatial Regression Ltd, POB 463, Paulborough NH 03458.

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