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The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
YouTube Text Mode -- April Fool's Day, 2010
As a cost-saving device, YouTube introduced "text mode" for its videos. When this feature was activated by a user selecting "TEXTp" from a dropdown menu, the images in any video were converted into a series of letters and numbers (like animated ASCII art). This conversion not only reduced bandwidth costs (thereby saving YouTube money), it also had "the added benefit of promoting literacy!"

The Chief Financial Officer of YouTube posted a note to the company's official blog urging people to help the company by watching videos in text mode because, "For every person who selects TEXTp and keeps it on while you watch a video, you save YouTube $1 a second, resulting in potentially billions of dollars of savings for us."

April Fool Categories: 2010.
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