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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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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