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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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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