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The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
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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