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Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Fake Fish Photos
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Tail Lights for Horses—a case of satirical prophecy
On April 1, 1961, Milan's La Notte newspaper reported that city authorities had passed a new law making it mandatory for horses to be outfitted with signaling and brake lights while being ridden through the streets or neighboring countryside. Back then, quite a few people in the area still rode horses, so the law was going to have quite a broad impact. And, so the story goes, many people subsequently brought their horses into car mechanics to have them outfitted with the necessary lights.


This is considered to be one of Italy's classic April Fool's Day hoaxes. And, as is so often the case, it's only a matter of time before reality eventually catches up with satire.

No city has passed a law requiring horse tail lights. However, over on KickStarter Sami Gros is trying to raise money for what she describes as the "world's first LED lighting system for horses," aka Horse Tail Lights. Unfortunately, it looks like the lights are only designed to increase visibility. They can't be used to indicate turning or braking. But perhaps future versions of them will!



Categories: Animals, April Fools Day
Posted by The Curator on Sat Dec 07, 2013
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