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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The worms inside your face
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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