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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Fake Fish Photos
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The BMW Badgewash System -- April Fool's Day, 1988
BMW announced a new technological innovation that would be incorporated into future versions of its cars—the badgewash system. No longer would BMW drivers have to endure dirt on their enamel bonnet badge. The advertisement claimed that, "A tiny sensor mounted in the wiper arm measures the light reflected back from the white sections of the BMW badge… Even if a film of dirt cuts out as little as 5% of that light, the sensor will detect it and start the wiper."

April Fool Categories: Cars, Corporations, 1988, BMW.
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