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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
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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