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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
BMW WAIL -- April Fool's Day, 1997
BMW announced a new feature for its cars — WAIL, which stood for "Wildlife Acoustic Information Link." It was a device designed to prevent animals from becoming roadkill by emitting high-pitched soundwaves (inaudible to human ears, but audible to animals) that sent critters scurrying out of the way:

"This operates on the same ultrasonic echo-sounding principle as BMW's Park Distance Control System. Sonic waves are emitted from the front bumper producing a warning call which alerts stray animals to the approaching car. This then encourages them to jump in the nearest hedgerow."


April Fool Categories: Animals, Cars, Corporations, 1997, BMW.
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