Another great April Fools’ joke which drew on the public’s general lack of understanding of television technology is “Smellovision.”

April Fools' Day Trivia:Discovering a scented movie
April Fools’ Day Trivia:Discovering a scented movie

In 1965, the BBC interviewed a university professor who had reportedly made a breakthrough in TV technology which would provide viewers with a more interactive experience: By simply placing coffee beans and onions in his machine, the chemical reaction with the electronics would enable viewers to smell the aromas on their televisions at home.

This prank was incredibly far-fetched. Nevertheless, many viewers called the station to report that they had successfully smelled the scents on their TV sets.

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