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Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Google Nose -- April Fool's Day, 2013
Google announced Google Nose Beta — allowing people to smell what they searched for online. The company explained that they had leveraged "new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available," with their "street sense vehicles" roaming far and wide to index millions of different scents, thereby creating the "Google Aromabase" of 15M+ "scentibytes."


The scents were smellable by people at their computers because Google was supposedly able to manipulate the photons coming out of the screen, causing them to intersect with "infrasound waves," thereby temporarily aligning molecules to emulate particular scents.



The hoax recalled the BBC's Smellovision April Fool's Day hoax of 1965, in which the broadcaster claimed to have perfected technology allowing aromas produced in a television studio to be smelled via TV sets in people's homes.

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