Pat on the back to BoingBoing who threw me over to The Museum of Hoaxes– here is my personal favourite:

#3: Instant Color TV

image In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, all viewers could now quickly and easily convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen, and they would begin to see their favorite shows in color. Stensson then proceeded to demonstrate the process. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of people, out of the population of seven million, were taken in. Actual color tv transmission only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970.

Of course the biggest joke of all is on us for having to go to work every Monday morning for the rest of our boring lives. Except next Monday, cos it’s a hol. 🙂