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Google’s April Fool’s Fun

April Fools!
Google’s April Fool’s day joke this year was pretty amusing to this Kansan.
Last month the city of Topeka, the capitol of Kansas, officially changed it’s name to Google for a month in an effort to attract attention and win the bid to be the first city where Google tests their ultra-high speed internet service.  In an April Fool’s Day response, Google changed their name to Topeka.
x; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;”>Google Employees lined the street in front of the Mountain View CA headquarters.  Check out the screenshots I took with streetview:
Another amusing aspect of Google’s April Fool’s Day shanagans, is the fact that all of their search response times have been changed to other units of measure like (2.00 shakes of a lamb’s tail).  Here’s a list of the response times I recorded:
60.35 jiffies (interesting because this appears to be calibrated correctly.  A jiffy about 1 millisecond, and Google’s usual response times are 6-8 milliseconds.  So, the response time of 60.35 jiffies is equal  to about  6 milliseconds.  Nice Google)
0.74 times the velocity of a unladen swallow
0.23 centons
0.07 nanocenturies
1.22e-15 epochs
23.00 skidoo
0.22 microfortnights
0.19 centibeats
0.26 microweeks
2.00 shakes of a lamb’s tail
0.32e+43 Planck times (interestingly a jiffy used to mean Planck time)
at 5.21 hertz
1.21 gigawatts
11.90 parsecs
0.02 femtogalactic years
Another funny thing Google did on April Fool’s 2010 is post a promo saying that you can store anything on Google Documents, even your car keys.  “Ever wish you could CTRL+F your keys?”  (Link)
Other Google April Fool’s pranks that get an honorable mention:
Google Maps in 3D
Google Books in 3D
Google standard voicemail: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/standard_voicemail.html
Google Translate for Animals (offered on google.co.uk)

Last month the city of Topeka, the capitol of Kansas, officially changed it’s name to Google for a month in an effort to attract attention and win the bid to be the first city where Google tests their ultra-high speed internet service.  In an April Fool’s Day response, Google changed their name to Topeka.

topeka-large

The April Fool’s idea that made me smile most was that the Google Employees lined the street in front of the Mountain View CA headquarters.  Check out the screenshots I took with streetview:

funny-employees-large

I also spotted a guy in the crowd with a marriage proposal sign:

proposal-large

Another amusing aspect of Google’s April Fool’s Day shanagans, is the fact that all of their search response times have been changed to other units of measure like (2.00 shakes of a lamb’s tail).  Here’s a list of the response times I recorded:

  • 60.35 jiffies (interesting because this appears to be calibrated correctly.  A jiffy about 1 millisecond, and Google’s usual response times are 6-8 milliseconds.  So, the response time of 60.35 jiffies is equal  to about  6 milliseconds.  Nice Google)
  • 0.74 times the velocity of a unladen swallow
  • 0.23 centons
  • 0.07 nanocenturies
  • 1.22e-15 epochs
  • 23.00 skidoo
  • 0.22 microfortnights
  • 0.19 centibeats
  • 0.26 microweeks
  • 2.00 shakes of a lamb’s tail
  • 0.32e+43 Planck times (interestingly a jiffy used to mean Planck time)
  • at 5.21 hertz
  • 1.21 gigawatts
  • 11.90 parsecs
  • 0.02 femtogalactic years

Another funny thing Google did on April Fool’s 2010 is post a promo saying that you can store anything on Google Documents, even your car keys.  “Ever wish you could CTRL+F your keys?”

Other Google April Fool’s pranks that get an honorable mention: