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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Vertical Parking Locator -- April Fool's Day, 2003
Car-maker MINI placed ads in several Australian papers describing a new space-saving technology: the Vertical Parking Locator (VPL), which allowed MINIs to park vertically on the side of buildings. Their press release stated:
The world-first VPL allows MINI Coopers to be parked vertically against walls, thus saving substantial parking space. ASC+T-backed VPL gives MINIs sufficient traction to attain and maintain an erect parking position and to cling securely to the side of the designated building. All-but seamless in operation, VPL makes its presence felt via a subtle frisson of vibration as the traction system is activated. A warning jingle recorded by a string quartet in the key of G also sounds.

To demonstrate the technology MINI also placed one of their cars on the side of the Woolworths building in George Street, Sydney.


April Fool Categories: Cars, Corporations, Australia, 2003, Fictitious Products.
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