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UK Metro reports today that automobile maker BMW has unveiled new technology that zaps 200 volts of electricity into dogs who urinate on the tires of cars equipped with its new Canine Repellent Alloy Protection system.

Dogs fouling the wheels of a shiny new Beamer, or even a shiny old Beamer, is a pet peeve of the company's customers -- so they sent their scientists to work on it, the article indicated.

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I was getting good and outraged, and was prepared to give the car company a sound verbal thrashing, until I started doing some research and could find no mention of the Canine Repellent Alloy Protection system. Then I realized what the acronym was, and saw that the scientist quoted was named Dr. Hans Zoff, and remembered what day it is.

So I'm pretty sure this -- though not entirely funny, and not entirely far-fetched -- is an April Fools' joke. Just to be safe though, don't allow your dog to urinate on the tires of a new BMW. Instead, shoot for the driver's side door.

Happy April Fools' Day.

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