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Google, Kansas, formerly known as Topeka  (Source: CNN.com/AP)

Topeka, formerly know as Google
Need to find something? Just Topeka it!

Across the country cities are competing to become the first to receive Google's trial deployment of 1 Gbps fiber optics, which is part of Google's initiative to bring high speed internet to the entire world.  Many cities are so desperate to score the bid that they've resorted to elaborate stunts, like Topeka, Kansas, whose mayor Bill Bunten signed a proclamation to rename his city to "Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics" for the month of March.

Now Google has responded humorously, adopting an elaborate April Fools' Day scheme in which it announced that it was changing its name to Topeka.  And it really did change it's homepage to read "Topeka" for the day in traditional Google color print.

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google (or Topeka) posted a blog detailing the change.

Schmidt boasts that Topeka, Kansas has a storied history, including:

In the early 20th century, the former Topeka enjoyed a remarkable run of political prominence, gracing the nation with Margaret Hill McCarter, the first woman to address a national political convention (1920, Republican); Charles Curtis, the only Native American ever to serve as vice president (’29 to ‘33, under Herbert Hoover);Carrie Nation, leader of the old temperance movement (and wielder of American history’s most famous hatchet); and, most important, Alfred E. Neuman, arguably the most influential figure to an entire generation of Americans. We couldn’t be happier to add our own chapter to this storied history.

(All of that is true, with the exception of Alfred E. Neuman, who is the infamous Mad Comic character).

Google warns other cities that the renaming is a "one shot deal".



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Well....
By mcnabney on 4/1/2010 10:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
Is Topeka geting the gigabit?




RE: Well....
By Shig on 4/1/2010 10:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
lol that would have been too mean

We're giving X place 100Mbps internet for 40$ a month....april foooooools.

/riots


RE: Well....
By B3an on 4/2/2010 3:52:29 AM , Rating: 2
Why does the screenshot still have the old google design? Or has it not been rolled out for americans yet?

For me all of google and youtube have been redesigned (and no it's not a april fools).


RE: Well....
By mm2587 on 4/4/2010 10:40:43 AM , Rating: 2
the igoogle layout is available some just choose not to use it


That explains it
By Suntan on 4/1/2010 12:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
I saw that this morning when searching for something. Makes more sense now.

Good to see that a company can take a second to make a joke. Something like that would never make it past the lawyers at the company I work at.

-Suntan




RE: That explains it
By bhieb on 4/1/2010 1:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
Google does this every year. I'd agree this one is not their best. I love the TiSP one posted earlier Google Paper was great too.

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/index.html

Here is the full list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%27s_hoaxes


April Fool's
By chaos7 on 4/1/2010 1:40:12 PM , Rating: 4
I thought the best one so far was on the front page of apple.com

Joking aside don't miss out on the Deckard Cain GPS Voice Pack for your GPS at Blizzard.




Ummm...
By th3pwn3r on 4/1/2010 11:49:30 PM , Rating: 4
Elaborate? Are you serious? That was another April Fool's joke right?




Now we know
By tmouse on 4/1/2010 12:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
This explains what Jobs and Schmidt were really talking about.




RE: Now we know
By Shatbot on 4/1/2010 2:46:58 PM , Rating: 1
cock


heh
By Spivonious on 4/1/2010 11:30:01 AM , Rating: 2
I Topeka'd him with AltaVista.




Margaret Hill McCarter
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/2/2010 8:21:08 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Margaret Hill McCarter, the first woman to address a national political convention (1920, Republican)


And look how far we've come in 90 years. We're up to Sarah Palin. I can't wait to see the results of 90 more years of taking women seriously in politics.




One more thing....
By foolsgambit11 on 4/2/2010 11:50:20 PM , Rating: 2
After reading the announcement yesterday, I decided I'd got to www.topeka.com. The site redirected to www.google.com. Today, it looks like it's just a blank page, though.




Ho-hum
By Dorkyman on 4/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Ho-hum
By noirsoft on 4/1/2010 12:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
They should have bought lougle.com and made a complete re-brand of all google properties.

p.s. If my comment doesn't make sense, go see "Hot Tub Time Machine"


RE: Ho-hum
By spwrozek on 4/1/2010 12:44:37 PM , Rating: 4
I guess you missed this.

http://www.google.com/tisp/


RE: Ho-hum
By DotNetGuru on 4/1/2010 1:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
Ahahahaha that's awesome. I love Google.. err Topeka


RE: Ho-hum
By Earthmonger on 4/1/2010 1:32:13 PM , Rating: 2
Google should trademark the name "Topeka".


RE: Ho-hum
By Dark Legion on 4/1/2010 3:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
And it took "11.90 parsecs" to load a search.


RE: Ho-hum
By mindless1 on 4/2/2010 2:46:05 PM , Rating: 1
How sad it is that you exist to complain. Start your own search engine and show the world how much better you can do.


Heil Grammar!
By marsbound2024 on 4/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Heil Grammar!
By TheRequiem on 4/1/2010 11:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
::yawn::


RE: Heil Grammar!
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/1/2010 1:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
yeah - not really. I was excited to check Google this morning. I didn't even crack a smirk. What a let down.


RE: Heil Grammar!
By Proxes on 4/2/2010 10:08:56 AM , Rating: 2
I laughed. Only because Topeka is one of the worst cities in this state. Everyone I know hates it.


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