Google’s April Fools Joke

Written on April 1, 2010 – 4:10 pm | by bigoak |

Google has always added their fair share of April Fools shenanigans to the popular search engine. In years past they have made fun of Yahoo and Microsoft.  Currently Google has renamed itself Topeka in honor of a return gesture the Kansas town made to acquire a special Google project.

As part of the ongoing Google April Fools jokes they have adjusted the the search time from seconds to a host of odd units for measuring time.

You can see the full list below in the screen shots. Look to the right to see the time unit. The first one is my favorite, from Monty Python’s The Holy Grail Fame, “times the velocity of an unladen swallow.” Other time units used include microweeks, microfortnights, jiffies,  parsecs, centons, centibeats, epochs, nanocenturies, hertz, warp, and 23.00 skidoo

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  1. 7 Responses to “Google’s April Fools Joke”

  2. By Veronica on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    hehe… skido.. funny word….

  3. By Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    shakes of a lamb’s tail is one

  4. By Hemant Kohli on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    So the April Fools Joke with Topeka has taken us all by surprise, however it did do one thing in my opinion, It has now made MANY Americans and many people around the world aware of the presence of a Topeka, Kansas, as I didn’t even know a place named Topeka existed. It has sparked an Idea, which I would require to cal…l upon ALL TOPEKANS, as us at Temple of groove would love to configure a Social Network application geared Specifically towards Topekans, We will name this Topekas as a combination of Topeka and Kansas. If we find support this would be in the works. Email us at or visit us at as we have already purchased


    Hemant Kohli

  5. By ToolMangler on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    I loved it (5s)

  6. By Anonymous on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    I got 1.21 gigawatts 3 times

  7. By Sarah Emily Kolvereid Small on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply


  8. By Eddie on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    I thought Topeka was great. That said several of my clients didn’t understand that it was a joke… :)

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