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GUEST,Joe_F BS: 100 top April Fool's Day Hoaxes! (18) RE: BS: 100 top April Fool's Day Hoaxes! 02 Apr 06

In April 1975, Martin Gardner's column in _Scientific American_ listed six "sensational discoveries of 1974", beginning with a full-page illustration of a map that required five colors, and working its way up to a motor that would run on psi power if placed on a Bible or a copy of I Ching. Thousands of readers (all, one may presume, scientifically literate) either confirmed the results or took an absurd amount of trouble to disprove them.

An exquisite *natural* April Fool trick was played on Boston in (IIRC) 1997. After an almost snowless winter, the city got about a foot and a half of snow on the night of 31 March - 1 April.

--- Joe Fineman

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