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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
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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