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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Einstein Was Wrong -- April Fool's Day, 1984
Lloyd Stallkamp, electronics instructor at South Dakota's National College, announced that Albert Einstein was wrong about light being made up of photons that travel at the speed of light. Stallkamp had discovered that, in reality, it was darkness that was composed of "darkons" that were gradually filling up the universe:

"All the caves are filled with dark already. Outer space is filled with dark already. Once the sun gets filled up, that's it. There's no other place to put it... We can see inside the sunspots that the sun is black inside. So my theory is that the sun is going to fill up with black and become a black hole."

Stallkamp offered experimental evidence to back up his theory: "I took a flashlight. Now a flashlight doesn't emit light. It's just sucking in dark. So I did an experiment. I left the flashlight on a considerable time until it went out. Then I cut the battery apart — and it's all dark inside."

Stallkamp also had concluded that darkness was heavier than light: "Just look in a pool of water. You'll see all the dark has settled to the bottom."

April Fool Categories: Science, Freelance Pranksters, 1984.
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