Q&F: Scent of a Chicken

With the iTunes App Store now sporting about 30,000 apps, developers are desperate to stand out from the crowd. How desperate, you ask? Desperate enough that one company has figured out a way to MAKE YOUR iPHONE SMELL LIKE CHICKEN.

Yeah, you read that right! I never, ever, ever imagined that I’d be typing these words but it’s true: you can make your iPhone smell like a rotisserie chicken. When the Scent of a Chicken review request came in I was like pfffffft yeah right these people are idiots… but what’s amazing is that it actually works! Tap the picture of the big juicy chicken, wait about 20 seconds, and suddenly it’ll smell like you’re at a summer barbecue. Seriously, it smells EXACTLY like roasted chicken. Un-freakin-believable.

I emailed the developer to ask how they pulled this off, and apparently what the app does is spark a mini power surge from the battery which raises the temperature of some of the chemicals found in the phone’s components, the key ingredient being ‘bromine’. How this adds up to chicken smell I have no idea, but it’s a pretty cool concept.

It also sounds like it could be damaging to the phone, but Hooklyne & Sincker insists that the only side effect of using Scent of a Chicken is rapid battery drain. My battery went from half to near zero after about 15 chicken taps, and it also felt a little warmer than usual. Functionally, though, there’s been no change after showing off the chicken to about 100 people, all of whom were like WTF!!!!

Included is an options panel that lets you adjust the intensity of the chicken smell, and it also has a slider that goes from “less roasted” to “more roasted” but it didn’t seem to have that much of an effect.

Smoked sausage and pork chop smells are supposedly coming in a future update, so if this kind of thing impresses you (how could it not!!) get the app while it’s free.

12 Responses to “Q&F: Scent of a Chicken”

  1. Lu Says:

    Scent of a Chicken, rofl. Good one. :grin:

  2. s Says:

    Worst april fool ever dude. dont quit your day job. :)
    Hook line and sinker – c’mon..

  3. Swain Valasek Says:

    How does it taste? Certainly some of the plastic would be warmed up and soft enough after about 20 taps to take a little nibble? :cool:

  4. David Says:

    I find it hard to believe Apple would endorse an app that can affect the components to the degree that it makes the device run “hot?” This must be bad for the device? Get ready for the Apple Store return dance when people start having stuff go wrong with their phones and the batteries being somehow diminished permanently.

  5. april fooled Says:

    ohh you got me good.

  6. Bill Says:

    Actually, what got me chuckling is David’s comment. :)

    Are you for real? :shock:

  7. chuk Says:

    They just posted an update: “Scent of BACON!”

  8. Michael (Admin) Says:

    It’s The Next Big Thing in app development!! Steve Jobs himself is rumored to have this app installed on 90 different iPhones around Apple HQ and interns are responsible for maintaining a constant stream of chicken smell!

  9. Lu Says:

    You should have had free promo codes to go with this next year. Now that would be hilarious. :razz:

  10. Michael (Admin) Says:

    Ok people, it’s no longer April Fool’s Day so I’m ready to confess what most of you already figured out… Scent of a Chicken ain’t real! If you were frantically scouring the App Store in search of this app, uhhh… HAHA! I mean, sorry! No, actually I do mean HAHA. HA!

    If you bought it “Hooklyne & Sincker” and truly believed there was an app called Scent of a Chicken that could accurately reproduce roasted chicken smell with nothing but a tap on an electronic device, I have several bridges I’d like to sell you!!

    Don’t worry, it’ll be at least a year before I try to fake you out again. :mrgreen:

  11. Simon Says:

    I can’t believe how gullible I am. That was AWESOME!
    Nice job.

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