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The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
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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