Google Netherlands revealed that its researchers, working in collaboration with Wageningen University, had developed a cutting-edge technology that allowed them to communicate with plants — specifically with tulips, which had been the initial focus of the research due to the Netherlands historical relationship with this plant. The result was a new product, Google Tulip, which let users around the world communicate with any tulip. "Talk to your tulip today," promised the company.
This was not the first time that a "breakthrough in plant communication" had been announced on April 1st. Back in 1979, the Kansas Hutchinson News had reported that researchers at the Kansas Botanical Research Laboratory had devised a way to translate plant responses into audio readouts.