Every year Google likes to have a little laugh at the cost of its users. It announces something so special and out of the world, which seems so weird yet since Google does it ever so often that you believe it for some time. Then we you have the, “Wait a minute” moment and you realize Google has made a fool out of you. There has been a long history of Google playing pranks on its user on the 1st of April, the April Fool’s Day.

There are many, but here I have come up with a few that I feel are really very interesting and down right bizarre.

 

Google Mentalplex (2000)

The Google hoax that claimed, it would read the users mind and search accordingly. So, no need to type. Just think and the search is on. The name however came from one the Google’s  headquarter, Googleplex.

It seems weird but I have a personal feeling that Mentalplex might be possible in some fifty years from now.

For more: Google Mentalplex

It seems weird but I have a personal feeling that Mentalplex might be possible in some forty years from now.

 

PigeonRank (2002)

What do you think is the technology behind the PageRank system that helps Google search the web? If you think there might be some complex complicated technology then you are wrong as, Google revealed PiegonRank as the system behind PageRank. Google claimed the search results were ranked based on the pecking of trained Piegons.

 

Fore more: PigeonRank

Just one word for it: INSANE

Google Copernicus center (2004)

Google announces Luna/X, with job opportunities for a research center on the moon. They even made an announcement of the opening to be in the ”spring of 2007” on the moon.

For more: Copernicus center

On a serious note, Google can do that if they collaborate with NASA.

 

Google Gulp (2005)

If you wish to increase your intelligence just go gulp this drink that is if it was only ever made. Google came up with this fictitious drink that claims to increase the intelligence of the drinker and boost up one’s use of the Google search engine. Google came up with all the real time analysis to prove this was not a hoax. To add more, they came up with four flavors. Glutamate Grape (glutamic acid), Sugar-Free Radical (free radicals), Beta Carroty (Beta carotene), and Sero-Tonic Water (serotonin).

 

For more: Google gulp

Many students would be happy if the effects would be positive. I swear, Google Gulp would be more popular then Google search engine, only if it was invented.

Google Romance (2006)

“Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance.” With the 2006 April fool, Google came up with Google’s  Dating Service, Google Romance. It pretended to offer a “Soulmate Search” to send users on a “Contextual Date”. Once the user clicked on this it gave an error page and led to the previous year’s April fool Page.

For more: Google Rommance

Actually, Google should seriously think about this with so many online dating sites confusing the users.

Gmail Paper (2007)

On 30 March, 2007, Google changed the Gmail login page and announced a new service Gmail Paper. According to this service Google would “add emails to paper archive, which Google would print and mail via post”. The service would be free, supported by bold, red advertisements printed on the back of the printed messages. Moreover, Image attachments would also be printed on high-quality glossy paper.

For more: Gmail Paper

I don’t think Google will ever be that generous.

Google TiSP (2007)

TiSP, Toilet Internet Service Provider, the fictitious free broadband service released by Google. According to this, the standard toilet and sewage lines would be used to provide free Internet connectivity at a speed of 8 Mbit/s. The user would drop, Google-supplied fiber-optic cable in their toilet and flush it. Around 60 minutes later, the end would be recovered and connected to the Internet by a “Plumbing Hardware Dispatcher (PHD)”.

For more: Google TiSP

Certainly that is the future, after every bit of earth is occupied.

gDay (2008)

Google Australia announces gDay, a new search technology that will search web pages 24 hours before they are created. Google stated: Using MATE’s™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google’s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future. To rank these future pages in order of relevance, gDay™ uses a statistical extrapolation of a page’s future PageRank, called SageRank.

For more: gDay

Sounds like Minority Report.

Youtube (2008)

The year when Youtube participated in Google’s April fool tradition. In this prank all the featured videos on the homepage, of Youtube linked to a video of Rick Astley’s song Never Gonna Give You Up, causing all users of the website who clicked on featured videos to be  Rickrolled.

Watch the Song

I expect something similar every year.

Gmail Custom Time (2008)


As gDay was meant for the future, Gmail came up with the past. Google announced Gmail Custom time which would allow the user to send Emails back in time. According to Google, the new prank utilized an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality. Moreover, they also stated the feature only allowed for ten pre-dated emails per year, claiming that any more “would cause people to lose faith in the accuracy of time, thus rendering the feature useless.”

For more: Gmail Custom time

Virgile (2008)

Google in collaboration with Virgin group announced permanent settlement of human mankind on Mars. The project was called Virgile. That seemed crazy. So, to make it more believable the announcement included videos of Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group) as well as Larry Page and Sergy Brin talking about Virgle.

For more: Virgile

The interested individual had to fill up a  form and follow a definitive procedure.

Seems spacy and interesting, but that would make more sense if Google collaborated with NASA rather than Virgin Group. Then I would definitely fill up the application form.

CADIE (2009)


CADIE, or Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity, was Google’s April fool prank for 2009.

Google stated,  ”For several years now a small research group has been working on some challenging problems in the areas of neural networking, natural language and autonomous problem-solving. Last fall this group achieved a significant breakthrough: a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster. This CADIE technology will be used to index your Brain.

This year many hoaxes on other Google applications were related to CADIE.

A few to name would be Google Chrome 3D powered by CADIE, Google Earth powered by CADIE, CADIE recommends some books on Google Earth etc..

For more: CADIE

CADIE seems to be the superhero on the Internet.

Topeka (2010)

The city of Topeka, Kansas, temporarily changed its name to Google in an attempt to capture a spot in Google’s new broadband/fiber-optics project. In return, on April 1st, Google jokingly announced that it would be changing its name to Topeka and changed its home page to say Topeka in place of the Google.

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Topeka sounds cool but the G should be retained. So what about Gopeka.

Google Translate for Animals (2010)

Google on their main page were advertising a new Google Animal Translator service. This would be added to their Language Translator service. Clicking the link would take you to a page advertising an app for Android phones for the translator, with the tagline being “Bridging the gap between animals and humans. And once the app was installed on an Android phone it provided some amusing translations depending on the animal you select.

For more: Google Translate

Groups working for Animal rights like PETA would certainly urge Google to come up with something similar.

It’s just the time that Google might play a prank on you as tomorrow seems to be their day. So, if you come across some news about Google coming up with some weird stuff.
Give it a second thought.

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