Google Maps April Fools Joke: The Untold Google Story

Apr 2, 2007 - 7:09 am 3 by
Filed Under Misc Google

I spotted via a Google Groups forum thread posted by Pamela, a Google Maps engineer, that Google Maps had their own April Fools joke. I did not see this posted anywhere else, so I figured I make its own thread.

Pamela said she "put together a quick mashup to let you position a "trick" over someone's home." It is pretty cool, check out this link to create your own. Here are three samples over New York's Manhattan.

A Sinkhole over zipcode 10025: google-maps-sinkhole

An earthquake over most of NYC: google-maps-earthquake

My favorite is the alien bug over Manhattan: google-maps-alien-bug

Why is it my favorite? Because this actually did happen on September 28, 2006. A bug got caught in the satellite lens and it appeared to spot an alien bug on Google Maps. Too funny Pamela!

Forum discussion at Google Groups.


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