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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Use your left ear to detect lies
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
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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