Google is known for its funny and innovative April fool pranks and every year we wait for April 1st to see what the company has cooked up for its users this time around. This year too we saw a number of April fool pranks like the so called Google nose which allowed users to smell stuff, Gmail Blue because brown was a disaster, Google treasure maps and finally the news that YouTube was shutting down.
While most of us already knew about the pranks played by the company on the fool’s day, still many of these pranks were hilarious and even managed to fool some unaware users. But this wasn’t the only year the company played these tricks. We have seen Google do this for a long time and some of the famous April fool pranks by Google are given below:
Google Mentalplex (2000):
This prank tricked users into staring at a circle, the so called ‘mentalplex circle’ to search whatever they had in mind. The user didn’t have to type anything; he or she just had to project the image to the mentalplex circle on the screen. Once you click on the circle, you will get a particular error and this error changes every time you click on the circle.
Some of the errors include,
Error 666: Multiple transmitters detected. Silence voices in your head and try again.
Error: MentalPlex(tm) has determined that this is not your final answer. Please try again.
Error: Insufficient conviction. Please clap hands 3 times, while chanting “I believe” and try again.
Funny right? Then check out the next one which claimed pigeons ranked their pages.
You must have heard about the famous pagerank system developed by Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. But in 2002, the company claimed that the secret of their fast and accurate search results was their pigeon rank system.
According to the company, PigeonRank’s success relies primarily on the superior trainability of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia) and its unique capacity to recognize objects regardless of spatial orientation. The common gray pigeon can easily distinguish among items displaying only the minutest differences, an ability that enables it to select relevant web sites from among thousands of similar pages.
The pigeon rank page includes a number of FAQ with some funny set of answers.
The gmail paper page on Google starts off with their motto, You Click – We Stack – You Get. According to this April fool prank, Google agreed to post users all of their emails on paper. Now, as there was no limit for the number of pages that you could print, you can make the company print thousands of mail on paper and the company would happily post them over for you. But how do they cover the cost for such large prints. The company claimed that special targeted ads would be displayed on the back of the box to cover the cost of post to the user.
Google Nose (2013):
Many of you must have tried this one a few days back. According to the company Google nose allowed users to smell things directly from the computer screen. An option was included on the search results page and anyone who clicked on the Google nose option of their search result would be taken to a page where the company claimed to generate the same smell that of the thing. For e.g. if you searched for rose, using Google nose you could smell the flower.
Obviously the feature was just another April fool prank of the company this year and we don’t think we ll see something like this atleast for a foreseeable future.
These four are only some of the pranks played by the company but as they were the best of them all, we focused on them.
So which of these did you find the most funniest? Comment below to post your views.