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Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
YouTube Flipped -- April Fool's Day, 2009
YouTube flipped its videos upside-down. The effect displayed for visitors who opened the home page and then went to a video from there. It was also possible to activate the effect by adding the code &flip=1 to the end of a youtube URL. YouTube wrote that it had introduced the new format because, "Our internal tests have shown that modern computer monitors give a higher quality picture when flipped upside down—kind of like how it's best to rotate your mattress every six months." To see the new format, it advised viewers to either 1) Turn your monitor upside-down; 2) Tilt your head to the side; or 3) Move to Australia.

April Fool Categories: Websites, 2009, Internet.
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