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Samsung invents the on/off switch
A black lion: real or fake?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The worms inside your face
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Discovery of the Bigon -- April Fool's Day, 1996
Discover Magazine reported that physicists had discovered a new fundamental particle of matter, dubbed the Bigon. It could only be coaxed into existence for mere millionths of a second, but amazingly, when it did materialize it was the size of a bowling ball. Physicist Albert Manque and his colleagues accidentally found the particle when a computer connected to one of their vacuum-tube experiments exploded. Video analysis of the explosion revealed the Bigon hovering over the computer for a fraction of a second. Manque theorized that the Bigon might be responsible for a host of other unexplained phenomena such as ball lightning, sinking souffles, and spontaneous human combustion. Discover received huge amounts of mail in response to the story.

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