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April Fool's Day, 1929

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Zoo Gets Giant Grasshopper (1929) The Dutch magazine Het Leven reported that the Hague zoo had acquired a new animal — a giant grasshopper. A photo showed zoo workers taking the creature to its enclosure.
Glass Dress Debuts in Paris (1929) The German magazine Uhu reported that a dress made out of glass had been shown at the first spring fashion show in Paris. The dress, woven from spun glass, was said to be as soft as silk and entirely transparent. However, it was extremely expensive, costing over 40,000 francs, and because of its fragility it could only be worn a few times. In its next issue, Uhu noted that it had received many inquiries from women wanting to know who the manufacturer of the glass dress was, which suggested that if a glass dress actually existed, a lot of women would want to wear it.
Atoms Photographed (1929) The German magazine Uhu printed what it claimed was a photograph of atoms. It said the image provided the first photographic evidence of electrons orbiting around an atomic nucleus. In its next issue, the magazine admitted that the objects in the photo were actually Christmas tree ornaments.