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'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Fake Fish Photos
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Toilet Internet Service Provider -- April Fool's Day, 2007
Google announced a new technology called TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider) that would allow it to provide free in-home wireless broadband service. Users would connect to the internet via their bathroom's plumbing system. Installation involved dropping a weighted fiber-optic cable down the toilet and then activating the "patented GFlush™ system" which would send the cable "surfing through the plumbing system to one of the thousands of TiSP Access Nodes." Google promised that it would provide a higher-performance version of the service for businesses which would include "24-hour, on-site technical support in the event of backup problems, brownouts and data wipes."

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