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The Traductor -- April Fool's Day, 1984
Belgium's RTBF TV network aired a segment about the "Traductor." This device, invented by Count Otto Von Glutz, could automatically translate from Flemish to French, and vice versa. It did so using a sophisticated computer language called Belgax.

The invention promised to put an end to linguistic quarrels in Belgium.





Links and References
  • News bulletin 1/4/1984 (April's fool), EU Screen
April Fool Categories: Technology, Television, Netherlands/Belgium, 1984.
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