Google April Fool's Day Jokes and Pranks

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Google Pranks 2017: Chromebook Accessories

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 2017: Google introduced a new line of Chromebook accessories, including tools to turn your Chromebook into a selfie-stick, Chromebook-sized Google Cardboard, and arm bands to go jogging with your laptop on your arm. 

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Google Play for Pets

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 2017: Google Play announced features designed to enhance the browsing experience for your cats and dogs. 

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Google Translates Heptapod B

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 2017: Google learned how to translate the language used by the aliens in Arrival. 

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Haptic Helpers

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 2017: Google VR announced plans to enhance VR experiences by hiring humans to add special effects like wind while you used them. 

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Bubble Wrap Keyboard

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2017: Google Japan announced a bubble wrap keyboard. Pop the bubbles corresponding to the keys you want to press and then feed it into the machine. Slow, but really satisfying. 

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Google Actual Cloud Platform

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 2017: Google introduces a plan to put all your data in an actual cloud. As in floating in the sky. 

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Google Gnome

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2017: Google Gnome is the outdoor assistant answer to Google Home. It's only slightly creepy. 

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Google Colonizing Mars

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 2017: Google Cloud Platform announced plans to colonize Mars. 

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Ms. Pac-Man

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2017: Google Maps on Android takes you to a Ms. Pac-Man game if you press the Ms. Pac-Man icon. A previous year's prank used the original Pac-Man. 

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Search for Your Socks

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2016: Google Australia introduced a prank that would actually be useful. Connected socks. If your socks tend to go missing in the wash, you can use your phone to locate them. 

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Google Maps Takes You to Funky Town

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2016: Google Maps takes you to Funky Town. From the website, Google will offer to send the address to Funky Town to your phone. Once there, the Google Maps app shows"Pegman" changing into disco clothes and dancing.

If you typed "Take me to Funky Town in Google Maps during 2016, the app dressed your Pegman in a funky disco outfit. 

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Chrome Chromebook

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 2016: Want a shiny Chromebook? I mean a really shiny Chromebook. Here's your chance. This fake product page touts a Chromebook with a shiny, polished chrome finish. 

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Google Fiber Teleportation

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  2016: Google Fiber announced that they were working on one billion times the speed boost of gigabit ethernet in order to create teleportation speeds. They even created a spreadsheet to helpfully let you calculate how much speed you'd need in comparison to other mammals. 

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Google Tag Manager for Real World Items

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 2016: Google proposes an interesting solution to a real world problem, the cataloging and managing of physical items. In the April 1 version of this idea, Google Tag Manager would send you an RFID tag that you could stick onto an object and then remotely change properties of the object for rebranding. Change the color of a painting. 

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Parachute Delivery

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 2016: Google Express announced that they'll start delivering groceries and dry goods by parachute. Drones aren't quite ready for delivery yet. Parachutes are. If you clicked through, you won't find actual parachute delivery, but you will see a list of items like clothespins and coffee filters that you can use to make your own homemade parachutes. 

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RealBooks

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 2016: Google Play Books announced realBooks. They took the essence of the reading experience on Android and that of reading a real book and combined them to make a single device that only has one book and no other apps. 

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Self Driving Bikes

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  2016: Not to be outdone with all this self-driving car talk, the Netherlands team introduced the self-driving bike. 

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Google April Fool's Day Jokes 2016 :Google Cardboard Plastic

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2​016: Google Cardboard Plastic

Want to look dorky in a VR headset but still be able to see where you are going without all those annoying cool games and special effects getting in the way? Look no further than Google Cardboard Plastic, a Google Cardboard parody. 

Take a look at some of the other pranks over the years. 

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Test Your Android Apps in Space

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  2016: Android developers can now test their apps for use in space. If you're a developer and log into the Game Developer Console, you'll see specifications on how to use Material Zero-G, a variation on the normal user interface elements for use in space. Where apparently phone interfaces need extra floaty overlay windows. 

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SnoopaVision

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  2016: YouTube announced "SnoopaVision," a 360-degree immersive video experience.... with Snoop Dogg. The product page has multiple sample videos to try out the 360-degree experience of watching Snoop Dogg(s) watch a video.  

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Mic Drop by Gmail

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 2016: Ever want to end a conversation? Gmail Mic Drop is an April 1 feature that adds a mic drop button to your Gmail replies. If you press the button, you'll send all recipients an animated mic drop gif, but you won't see any replies to the message. The ultimate flounce. 

Google actually pranked themselves on this one. After complaints from people who used Gmail for professional communication, they removed the button early. Don't mic drop your boss for real, kids. 

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Gmail Smart Reply Emoji

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 2016: Do you find yourself speaking with less text and more emoji? This new feature claims to make smart suggestions for emoji communication. Instead of the usual suggested responses, you can have responses like "Aw [poop emoji]!" 

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2016: Emoji Search by Keyword

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2016: The Android version of Google Photos lets you search by keyword... or by emoji. If you open up the Android version of Google Photos and then start a search, you'll see suggestions. Some of them will be emoji. Tap on it, and your search results were related to that emoji. The suggested emojis on my phone are cars, glasses, and bikes. 

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Furikku

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 2016: Google Japan announced a new keyboard that allowed you to input by flicking your fingers. The device is called "furikku." The website is in Japanese, but it translates with Google Translate if you're using Chrome. 

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Com.google

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 2015:  http://com.google is a play on the classic elgooG. The backwards version of Google. Not only is the interface, backwards, the search results are backwards, too. You can also use voice search to view your backwards search results. It's pretty fantastic. 

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Google Panda

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2015: Google Japan launched Google Panda as a new kawaii device to channel Google Now style questions. This joke plays on devices and Google Now, of course, but it also plays on the name "Google Panda," which is the code name given to several search algorithm updates

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Keyless Keyboard

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  2015:  Google Japan launched the keyless keyboard that allows users to input words by blowing strategically on a party horn. 

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Google Maps Pacman

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 2015: Google Maps lets you play Pac-Man. Go anywhere on Google Maps (desktop version), and you'll see the Pac-Man option on the lower right. Your map will turn into a game. If you're on your phone, you'll need to solve a riddle to play. 

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Ingress Pacman

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 2015:  Ingress was also infected by Pac-Man fever on April 1.  6

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Google Smartbox

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  2015: Smartbox is a play on Google Inbox. Smartbox is a service that claims to combine the best of Inbox and physical mail. A mailbox that is "never too hot or too cold," always alerts you when you have new mail, and protects you from junk mail (by zapping him as he attempts to insert it into your mail box)

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Chrome Selfie

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 2015:  Android users can take Chrome selfies as reaction shots to any web page. Launch the Chrome browser inside an Android tablet or phone on April 1 (or when your phone thinks it's April 1 for those of us impatient West Coast types) and you'll have the option to "Share Reaction." Once you tap that, you'll see the Chrome Selfie bar on the bottom of the screen. Tap the bar, and the phone camera will come up to take your selfie. 

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Google Fiber Dialup Mode

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  2015: Internet so fast that you never have time to go pee or get a snack? Google Fiber has the solution. Dial-up mode slows down your Internet to dial-up speeds and lets you meditate to the gentle sounds of a 56k modem. Early testing in Kansas City shows increased calls to grandma and other positive signs. 

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Darude Sandstorm

Darude Suggest

  2015:  YouTube is heavily suggesting everyone listen to Darude Sandstorm and is adding an "Add Music" button that plays Darude Sandstorm over videos. Yes, you can play Darude Sandstorm while watching Darude Sandstorm. 

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The Earth's Tilt Is Slipping

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  2015:  Google Australia announced a new discovery. The tilt of the earth was slipping, and eventually Australia would be on top instead of "down under." This means Australian toilets would now stop flushing in the other direction. 

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Self-browsing Chromebook

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2015:

The new self-browsing Chromebook automatically surfs the web and does all the things you'd do online without any of your help. 

We’ve been testing this new functionality for weeks, browsing the whole web from classifieds to news, music to cat photos -- and now, these Chromebooks are responsible for the majority of ALL CAPS comments on the web. In total, our self-browsing Chromebooks have logged more than 5 million pageviews without once heading here.

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Auto Hoffsome

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2014: Google announced a tweak to the "auto awesome" feature in Google+ that takes your uploaded photos and automatically adds animations or special filters. The new feature added occasional photobombs from David Hasselhof.  #Hoffsome 

If you tagged David Hasselhof's Google+ account when you shared it, David Hasselhof's account would reply to the post with one of many pre-programmed comments. 

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Auto Awesome for Resumes

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  2014: Google's auto awesome doesn't end with the Hoff photobombs. This video introduced a feature that supposedly auto awesomed your resume. Put all the versions of your resume in one folder, and it would combine them into a single, updated resume (that part really would be awesome.) Next, you can add special effects, like snow or dog backgrounds. 

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YouTube Viral Trends

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 2014: YouTube reveals that they're secretly behind creating and producing every single viral video ever made. They announce the new trends they'll produce next year include "Kissing Dad," "Glub Glub Water Dance," and "Clocking." They even include a link to how you can submit suggestions for viral memes that they may produce.  

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Personal Nest Temperature Control

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 2014: This isn't the first time Virgin has partnered with Google for a prank. Remember Virgle? (If not, it's on this list.) Nest is now owned by Google, so that makes this crazy mashup possible. Total personal temperature control for airline seats. 

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Coffee to the Home

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 2014: This new service would combine with your Google Fiber installation to give you coffee at the same time as you get Internet. That way you'd always have your favorite coffee to go with your favorite TV show or website.  

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Adsense Top Moons and Planets

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Top Moons and Planets. Courtesy Google

 2014: AdSense weighed in with a "top planets and moons" report for figuring out your intergalactic advertising campaigns. 

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Qwerty Cats

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 2014: The official cat keyboard. You know, if your cat likes to type. Available for download from the Chrome store. 

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AdBirds

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 2014:  This AdWords parody allows you to purchase ads and affix them to flying birds, so your ads "really fly." The parody goes on to include the types of birds you could use for your advertising. 

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Google Apps for Business Dogs

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  2014: Google and many other business allow employees to take their dogs to work with them. So this app would use Google apps to make their dogs more productive office workers. 

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Data-less Decision Making

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  2014: This Google web course promises to help users learn how to make decisions without any data using tools such as fuzzy math and Ouija boards. 

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Signature App Editions

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  2014: This is a prank for app developers who want to create that "unboxing" experience for their users. 

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Translate to Emoji

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2014: Google announced an experimental new language translation tool built into Google Translate on Chrome for Android, and iOS. If you use your phone on April 1, you can translate your text to emoji (those little smiley and frowny symbols people use in messaging). The feature only works if you enable it.  

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Chromecast for Squirrels

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  2014: Yeah, that's right. For squirrels. 

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Waze Dates

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 2014: Waze is a social driving navigation app and a 2013 Google acquisition. Waze has its own acquisition, SingleSpotter, which is an Israeli based dating service. Well, combine the two, and you've got Waze Dates, a way to end being lonely in your car. 

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Magic Hand

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 2014: This is from Google Japan. Magic hand is a robotic hand to operate your mobile phone for you. Now using a mobile device is so easy, you don't even have to touch it. 

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Gmail Shelfies

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 2014: When users opened up their Gmail, they got an alert telling them that they could create a custom Gmail theme based around a selfie, and that this theme could then be shared to other users, "so they could enjoy looking at you as much as  you do." In addition to creating a custom "shelfie," users could choose "top trending" celebrity selfies as their theme. 

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Catch All the Pokemon

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Capture the Pokémon. Image courtesy Google

 2014: This game used Google Maps on Android and iOS devices to capture Pokémon. Even better, it started on March 31. By traveling the globe, players can find Pokémon hanging on the maps around major cities. When a Pokémon is encountered, users can then "capture" it and add it to their collection. 

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Google Treasure Maps

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 2013: Google Maps announced that they were making a crowd-sourced treasure map to find the long-lost treasure of Captain Kidd. The original map was allegedly written in a code so obscure that only the power of the crowds could decode it.

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YouTube Is Ready to Select a Winner

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 2013: YouTube announced that they were ready to stop taking submissions and select a winner. They would shut down the site and reopen in 2023 to display only the video of the winner.

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Google Nose (Beta)

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2013: Rather than just searching by words, why not search by smell? The new smell search service even promises SafeSearch options for those suspicious odors.

And because everything old is new again, there's a marvelous cartoon illustrating how Google Nose would work. 

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Gmail Blue

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 2013: How do you reinvent something while keeping it exactly the same? You make everything blue.

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Your Photos + Emotion

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 2013: Google+ Joke promises, "Using our massive data centers, we will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon."

During the joke duration, users can select one of their photos within Google+ and then see an interpretation of the emotional expression of all the faces in the photo. It's actually a pretty sophisticated prank that gives some insight into Google's facial recognition capabilities.

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Go Ro

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Let's go further back in time. The How to Go Mo site, which normally teaches people how to make mobile accessible websites for their customers is now taking it a step further and showing how to make rotary phone accessible websites for your customers.

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Click-to-Teleport

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Forget click-to-call. That's so last year. Now your customers can click to teleport directly into your store. Much faster than calling.

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Gmail Tap

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 Take your keyboard from 26 keys to just two: the dot and the dash. This revolutionary "new" technology will take all the frustration out of trying to tap those tiny little keys on your smartphone.

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Google Weather Control

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 Don't like the weather? Now you can change it to something more agreeable.

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Google Really Advanced Search

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 Rather than just advanced search, this search finds rhyming slang or "This exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime"

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Google Maps 8-Bit

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Turn your Google Maps into a video game. This prank offers an option to rekindle the nostalgia of old 8-bit video games by turning any Google Maps view into an 8-bit graphic display, including Street View.

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NASCAR Self-Driving Cars

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 Google and NASCAR teamed up to announce that Google would be introducing self-driving cars into sport racing. The announcement was made just a little before April 1, and the idea is almost plausible. This isn't the first time Google had a partner in crime for their April Fools announcements. Check out Virgle.

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YouTube Collection

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This 2012 prank claims to put your favorite YouTube videos onto DVD for home delivery onto your TV. Now when your Internet goes out, you can still watch your viral video favorites.

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Chrome Multitask Mode

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  This 2012 joke claims that the problem with multitasking isn't that most people aren't actually good at it. The problem is that you don't have enough access to mice. Chrome Multitask claims that it will make two mice work at the same time. The Chrome Multitask button actually just makes a mirror image of your mouse, but the video describing the feature is pretty amusing.

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Google Motion

Google Motion

Google Motion was a 2011 prank that spoofed the X-Box Kinect and other motion-controlled devices. Google claimed you could use the webcam on your computer and a series of sillier and sillier full body motions to send Gmail or edit Google Docs.

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YouTube 1911

  YouTube 1911 was part of Google's 2011 prank portfolio, as YouTube celebrated their "100th birthday." By clicking on the YouTube 1911 logo, users could see videos transformed into sepia-toned silent movies, complete with scratches and a piano soundtrack. The caption under the videos informs users that 1911 was "when videos were uploaded by horse-drawn carriage," and a special gag reel featured the top five viral videos of 1911, which poked fun at 2011 memes like "keyboard cat" and "Failblog."

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Topeka, Inc

Topeka, Inc

Google offered to build an ultra-high speed broadband network in one or more lucky cities. They accepted applications from city officials until March 26, 2010, and they encouraged cities to post videos or create Facebook pages in order to show community support for the effort. One or two cities went a little crazy with the idea, including the capital of my home state, Topeka. Topeka renamed themselves "Google, Kansas" for the month of March.

Google's 2010 April Fool's Day joke was to return the favor and change Google's name to Topeka, Inc. Outside of April Fool's, they did not choose Topeka as the location of their ultra high speed network. That honor went to nearby Kansas City.

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Google Translate for Animals

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  Google UK put up a spoof video claiming to have created an app that translates animal noises into English. They also placed the app in the Android Market. Searches for "Translate for Animals" actually lead to an app by that name. The app offers animal choices and displays the microphone symbol. The "translations" are random quotes. 

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TEXTp

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For 2010, YouTube created TEXTp, a "text only" mode, which they claimed saved a dollar per second in bandwidth costs and improved literacy. Videos in TEXTp mode display a filter that makes it look like they are animated ASCII art.

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CADIE

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CADIE, or Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity, is part of Google's 2009 April Fool's Day pranks. CADIE is a newly created artificial intelligence with the personality of a teenager.

By analyzing trends in social networks, for example, she created a blog and YouTube channel to proclaim her love of pandas. She determined this love and the look of her blog by analyzing user trends.

Google claimed that CADIE was now a regular Google employee and already working on a 20% project.

There's also a special version of Chrome with 3D. Every time you press the 3D button, it gives the graphics on the page a red/blue shadow. Google also provided a PDF of 3D glasses you can print out for "viewing" the 3D effect.

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Mentalplex

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  On April 1st, 2000, Google introduced the Mentalplex. The name is a play on Google's headquarters, known as the GooglePlex. Google's prank suggested that Google could now find search results by reading your mind.

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PigeonRank

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  In 2002 Google prank site introduced PigeonRank . This was a play on Google's ranking algorithm, PageRank. The site claimed that Google ranked search results based on the pecking of trained pigeons.

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Google Copernicus Center

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Google claimed they were hiring for a job center on the moon. The Google Copernicus Center claimed to be opening in "spring of 2007" on the moon. I don't think they made the deadline. 

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Google Gulp

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Google Gulp is a fictitious drink that claims it will increase the intelligence of the drinker. In order to obtain a Google Gulp, you need the cap of someone else's Google Gulp. This is a parody of Gmail which was initially available by invitation only.

Gmail itself was released on April Fool's Day, and one gig of expanded storage space was also announced on April Fool's Day, causing some speculation that the announcement itself was a joke.

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Google Romance

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Google Romance was Google's 2006 prank. It claimed to be a new Google dating service which would let users experience a free date peppered with unobtrusive contextual advertising. This parodies Google AdSense, which displays contextual advertising.

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TiSP

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Google's 2007 April Fool's Day prank was to introduce the "TiSP" service. TiSP is supposed to be a free wireless Internet service that is connected through the user's home toilet by flushing down the cables.

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Gmail Paper

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Gmail Paper was a good-natured Google poke at people who print email messages out to read them. The fake service claimed it would print out Gmail messages with unobtrusive ads to cover the cost of postage. 

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Virgle

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Continuing on the theme of space exploration, for 2008, Google went with "Virgle," an imaginary collaboration between Virgin founder Richard Branson and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The program would theoretically colonize Mars within 100 years, while traveling on a ship controlled by a super computer involving "Holistic Artificial Language interface visually mediated by a glowing red light."

Both Google and Virgin do have a non-April Fool's interest in space. Google is the sponsor of the Google Lunar X Prize, while Virgin Galactic hopes to sell flights on sub-orbital space tours.

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Gmail Custom Time

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Also part of the 2008 pranks, Gmail lets you send emails back in time, so they're no longer late. The fake service is limited to only ten emails, since any more than that and people would stop trusting the time stamp on their email.

Since Gmail was introduced on April Fool's Day 2004, there's often a separate Gmail prank - and sometimes a genuine Gmail feature, like extra storage space.

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