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Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Use your left ear to detect lies
The Gallery of Fake Viral Images
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
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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