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|1st April 2010, 23:02||#1|
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Is Google playing an April Fool's prank?
If you logged into Gmail over the last 4 hours (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing! Is this just a prank?
This is what Google has to say: "At 6:01 am Pacific Time, during routine maintenance at one of our datacenters, the frontend web servers in that particular datacenter started failing to render the letter 'a' for a subset of users. As error rates escalated, the strain spread to other datacenters. We worked quickly to avoid a cascading failure of the entire alphabet by implementing a stopgap solution that limited the damage to the letters 'a,' 'e,' 'i,' 'o,' and 'u.' As a result, we're experiencing Gmail’s first temporary vowel outage. (We’re still investigating whether the letter 'y' is impacted and will post an update here shortly.)"
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|1st April 2010, 23:31||#2|
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I think this is their April Fool joke (maybe along with what you have posted):
|2nd April 2010, 00:33||#4|
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Now when i looged on to google. They are saying its not google anymore. Its topeka. Cause kansas mayor named his city topeka as google.So google is doing the honours other way around.What the hell is that now.
|2nd April 2010, 02:20||#5|
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Google's take on that (Don't know how true it is) :
|2nd April 2010, 16:28||#9|
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google has the most hoaxes on April fools day.. and due to the fact that people use it so much, no one thinks twice esp on 1st April when Google says or does something!!
- Google Animal Translator
I'm sure we could find a list of all the pranks they have pulled and you would be surprised at the ingenuity!! Hats of to Google's think tank!!
The best one I have come across till date was one from a couple of years ago, was Google TiSP. Details as below!!
Google TiSP (short for Toilet Internet Service Provider) was a fictitious free broadband service supposedly released by Google. This service would make use of a standard toilet and sewage lines to provide free Internet connectivity at a speed of 8 Mbit/s (2 Mbps upload) (or up to 32 Mbps with a paid plan). The user would drop a weighted end of a long, 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)". The user would then connect their end to a Google-supplied wireless router and run the Google-supplied installation media on a Windows XP or Vista computer ("Mac and Linux support coming soon"). Alternatively, a user could request a professional installation, in which Google would deploy nanobots through the plumbing to complete the process. The free service would be supported by "discreet DNA sequencing" of "personal bodily output" to display online ads that relate to culinary preferences and personal health. Google also referenced the cola-and-Mentos reaction in their FAQ: "If you're still experiencing problems, drop eight mints into the bowl and add a two-liter bottle of diet soda."
and the entire list of thier hoaxes will be found here
Last edited by intoxicangel : 2nd April 2010 at 16:33. Reason: additional information was needed!!
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