Monday, 1 April 2013

Google's April's Fools Pranks 2013

It's always fun to find and laugh at Google's pranks that are interwoven through their websites. This year I'm going to attempt to track and document all.

1. On their official YouTube Channel, YouTube has announced that they are closing YouTube down for a decade to try and find the best video ever uploaded. Basically the video explains everything. It features famous YouTubers like KassemG, MattHarding and iJustine. This is quite ironical since Google recently announced the closure of Google Reader. The YouTube Collection Prank also makes a reappearance.

2. When searching for something Google now has a Google Nose option. You can see this in the image below (it might be a bit small)

If you click on Nose, You'll be sent to this page: 

Down the bottom are links to other puns and a 2008 April Fools Prank. There are many spin offs of Google Products on the webpage. 

If you click try you'll be redirected to the Google Search page (powered by Aromabase) of either

  • Abraham Lincoln - Old, musty, remnant of American history
  • Airport terminal - Baked tarmac and lost luggage
  • Apple Pie - Carmelized sugar, tarty fruit and baking powder
  • Banana - Sweet isoamyl acetate
  • The Beach - Salt water, suntan lotion and nostalgia
  • Beer - Barley, wheat and a bit of alcohol.
  • Belly button - An organic tweed cotton potato sack
  • Brownies - Fudgy chocolate deliciousness
  • Bubble bath - A refreshing blend of lavendar and soap.
  • Buffalo sauce - Hot sauce, oil and lots (and lots) of meat
  • Cabernet - Fruity, oaky, that'll be $22 plus state sin tax
  • Campfire - Charcoal, toasty smores, July
  • Campsite - Burning firewood with marshmallows and bear droppings.
  • Canned cat food - Week-old salmon mixed with cardboard and vinegar
  • Car exhaust - Poison, gas, and a salty hint of rising seas
  • The carnival - Cotton candy and clown sweat
  • Casino - Cigarette smoke and the smell of sweet, sweet victory
  • Cave - Wet moss, cold stone and danger
  • Christmas tree - A mix of pine, presents and joy
  • Clam Chowder - Cream and the ocean
  • College dorm - Sweaty, with scents of leftover pizza and burnt popcorn.
  • Cologne - Perfume with a hint of testosterone
  • Diaper - Baby powder and poop
  • Doctor's Office - Latex and sterile metal
  • Dollar bill - Cotton and linen covered in dirt, sweat and greed
  • Dumpster - Unwashed socks in a locker room after a hockey game
  • Durian - Horribly, rottingly,, tasty!
  • Fear - Sweat, adrenaline, proximity to hungry carnivore
  • Fishermans Wharf - Sunbathing seals and clam chowder
  • Fresh brewed Colombian coffee - Burnt beans sprinkled across dark chocolate
  • Garlic breath - Allyl methyl sulfide
  • Google I/O - Gadgets, over-heated computers and innovation
  • Googleplex - Sun, trees, moonshots, optimism, multi-cultural food, over-heated computers, and five-toe shoes
  • Grandpa's Hat - Strong coffee and the forest
  • Grapefruit - Citrus and a bright summer morning
  • Gym clothes - Sweaty and dirty with a hint of accomplishment
  • Hair Dye - Bleach, chemicals and a fresh start
  • Hair Salon - Burnt hair and gossip
  • Halloween - Candy corn and/or pennies in a cardboard box
  • Horse manure - Dirt and feces sprinkled atop an organic farm
  • Hospital - Cold, clean, with hints of disinfectant spray
  • Hot Springs - Boisterous bursts of sulfur with a hint of pencil lead on the nose
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi - Chlorine with a hint of romance
  • Improperly installed batteries - Burnt tires with lots of energy
  • Incense - Sweetly pungent enlightenment
  • Jeans in the rain - A complex range of tannins jostled with pickled blueberries and aged brandy.
  • Laptop Monitor - Wafts of burnt yet shiny metal
  • Laundromat - Fabric softener, bleach and pure cleanliness
  • Lavendar - Floral, soft, fresh, with hints of grandma's potpourri
  • Lemon - Fresh, bright, sour and tart
  • Lip gloss - Artificial strawberry mixed with petroleum
  • Lobster - Buttery deliciousness
  • Locker room - Sweat, showers and teamwork
  • Maple syrup - Sugar and pancakes on a Saturday morning in Vermont or Canada
  • Mars - A Curious blend of sulphur and rust with a sparkling whiff of carbon dioxide.
  • Metal - Iron and quarters
  • Moon rocks - Burnt gunpowder after a desert rain
  • Moth balls - Sweet shoe polish with sprinkles of ammonia
  • Nail polish remover - Pungent and chemical beauty. Makes you feel pampered, but also like you need to shower.
  • Nail salon - Spa water and refreshing notes of acetone
  • Newborn infant - Fresh baby powder with a side of hour-old feces
  • Old hotel room - Air freshener and scandal
  • Parisian streets in the morning - Flakey croissants dipped in brewing espresso
  • Peanut butter - Peanuts, oil and nostalgia
  • Perfume - Cologne with a hint of estrogen
  • Permanent marker - Rubbing alcohol poured into a puddle of gas
  • Pinot Grigio - Grapes, fruit, flowers and a buzz
  • Pizza - Cheesy goodness and yeasty bread paired with a college all-nighter
  • Printer paper - The freshness of a new start, or an office supply store
  • Public Library - A musty, dusty smell evoking brilliance and imagination
  • Pumpkin - Cinnamon-covered squash on Halloween
  • Rain Forest - Fresh air and monkey droppings
  • Roses - Love, warmth, joy (f); Stress, tension, guilt (m)
  • Sauna - Old men sweating after a long day on the golf course
  • Sesame Chicken - Honey, sesame seeds, and oil. In sum: fried perfection.
  • Skiing - Fresh piles of newly fallen snow and frozen sweat
  • Skunk - Putrid; burnt rubber, oil
  • Stale beer - Sticky wooden floors the morning after the frat party
  • Success – Sweet
  • Sunscreen - Sun, sand, sun, sea, sun, plastic toys, sun, vacation, sun, sun, sun
  • Taxi Cab - Leather seats, masked by body odor and cigarette smoke from the prior passenger
  • Toothpaste - Refreshingly minty and clean
  • Turkey - Gravy with a hint of drowsiness
  • Used Clothing - Sweaty cotton drenched with memories
  • Unattended litter box - Distinct boquet of ammonia with an earthy undertone
  • Used napkin - Leftover pasta sauce with the chunk of the brocolli you picked out of your tooth
  • Vampire - Heavy smell of blood, light hint of garlic
  • Vanilla - Calming sweetness. Often compared to chocolate, though arguably not as good
  • Victory - Napalm and sweet success
  • Waffles - Sweet bread and maple syrup on a Sunday morning
  • Wet Dog - Aggressive and foxy with notes of musk, wet towel
  • Yogurt Parfait - Oats and grains sprinkled over a beehive in the summer, as a cow gets milked by his farmer nearby.

April Fools' Day - Immature and cheesy, with a quick, bright finish

All with their own humorous descriptions (Have I missed one- tell me in the Comments Section or contact me @akkatracker or
Here's what the search page looks like:

If you click Smell a fake dialogue box will come up and transmit the smell. Once you click stop and Need Help it will say
"If you are experiencing problems with Google NoseBETA, please note the following:
  • "418: Scent transfer protocol error" indicates system congestion; please try again later.
  • Due to technological constraints, not all smells are compatible with all devices.
  • Refrain from licking or biting your screen.
  • Try upgrading to a modern browser, such as Google Chrome.
  • It is April Fools' Day."

Here it is concluded that it is a joke

3. Another fun joke, Google Have added a Treasure Map mode to Google Maps alongside the standard Satellite and Street Maps. 

It appears to be a old fashioned treasure map. My only issue is that if you click try now the Treasure Map icon is removed. 

4. Gmail Blue. Apparently Gmail is going Blue according to this video released on the Gmail Blog

5. Google+ Emoticons, Documented in this post

6. Google Fiber to Utility Poles

7. The Google Australia Blog has announced Home Renovations with Street View with Google SCHMICK on their blog

8. People on the Space Station visiting your blog.


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