It’s pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We’d like a way to tell the difference (Robert Carroll).



Mar 20, 2016

Genetically Engineered Whistling Carrots

One of the best ever April Day Hoaxes has been perpetrated in 2002, when the respectable British Sun Newspaper carried an advertisement by Tesco, a large supermarket chain, which announced the development of the genetically engineering "whistling carrot." The carrot has been specifically developed to include tapered air holes over its entirety so that when cooked, the carrots would whistle.

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The signal emitted by the ready-to-be-consumed-carrots was claimed to be at least 97 decibel, and was caused by the artificially modified genes, extremely sensitive for heat, which managed the air pockets within the carrot to expend and push out the air, generating the distinctive audio signal to announce its readiness, like a teakettle when it reaches full boil.

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