In one of the most believable April Fools' Day pranks ever, Google announced its latest addition to the search engine’s arsenal called Google Nose BETA, where searching for “diaper,” “dumpster,” “airport terminal” or “wet dog” yields results in Google’s "Aromabase."
The practical joke from Google promises "to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available” in a search engine. A video (which you can view above) from the Mountain View, Calif.-based company explains searching for specific terms in the “Aromabase” yields scents for terms search, with more than 15 million “scentibytes” online. Google said its "mobile aroma indexing program" uses "photons with infrasound waves" and "temporarily aligns molecules to emulate a particular scent” to describe scents from around the globe.
Of course, Google Nose is completely fictitious, but that hasn’t stopped millions of users from searching popular terms like “unattended litter box,” “diaper,” “dumpster,” “wet dog” and “airport terminal” in honor of April Fools' Day. To use the prank function, simply search a term in the Google Nose search feature. A description of the search term will appear on the right-hand side bar of the results page as well as an option to “smell” and share the scent. When a user clicks “smell,” a pop-up window opens asking the user to “bring your nose as close as you can to the screen and press Enter” while Google transmits the scent.
Some of the best searches we found so far:
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