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BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Guardian Switches to Twitter -- April Fool's Day, 2009

The Guardian announced it would become "the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter, the sensationally popular social networking service that has transformed online communication," thus rendering its printing presses obsolete. It also revealed an ongoing project to rewrite its entire news archive in the form of "tweets" (Twitter's text messages limited to 140 characters each).

Examples included:

1927
OMG first successful transatlantic air flight wow, pretty cool! Boring day
otherwise *sigh*

1940
W Churchill giving speech NOW - "we shall fight on the beaches ... we shall never surrender" check YouTube later for the rest

1961
Listening 2 new band "The Beatles"

1989
Berlin Wall falls! Majority view of Twitterers = it's a historic moment! What do you think??? Have your say

1997
RT@mohammedalfayed: FYI NeilHamilton, Harrods boss offering £££ 4 questions in House of Commons! Check it out

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