In Search of Web Parody

Google’s 2009 April Fool’s Day jokes center around a common theme: CADIE (Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity).   In essence, CADIE is the world’s first “functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster” – an artificial-intelligent being.  She thinks, she talks, she even writes her own blog.

CADIE's Blog

Google proudly made this ground-breaking announcement one minute before April 1, 2009.   Everything you ever want to know about the miraculous creation and abilities of CADIE are documented here.

Google applied the CADIE theme to many of their products.  Here is the CADIE-inspired Google Maps page:

Google Cadie maps

CADIE's Favorite Places in Google Maps

Google Earth had a special CADIE page.  Here you could use CADIE to explore the depths of the oceans, chat with her, and travel with her to various vacation spots around the globe.  You have to have Google Earth installed and then download the special cadietour.kmz file first.  I tried to chat with her, but she had a little trouble understanding my dry humor…

CADIE-powered Google Earth

 She made reading recommendations on Google Books.  Google Mobile had a CADIE-powered brain search that allowed you to index the memories in your brain so they were searchable.  Watch a demonstation on this YouTube video

 Google Mail announced a CADIE Gmail Autopilot application which uses the artificial intelligence capabilities of CADIE to automatically reply to your Gmail messages.  Just think of all the time you can save.

She also made an appearance in Google Images, Google Docs, and Google Analytics.   Finally, Google Chrome was available in 3-D viewing.


April Fools Day always brings a treasure trove of jokes.  I plan to devote the next few entries of this blog to past April Fools Day jokes.

Last year, Kodak announced the revolutionary Kodak eyeCamera.  The engineers designed the camera to look just like high-fashion eyeglasses.  Just wink and shoot!  Create stunning panoramic photos by merely turning your head 360 degrees.

Leave it to Kodak to develop some cool accessories to go with your new eyeCamera: lens lashes, baseball cap printer, and specially designed flash earrings. 

Buy yours today (I mean last April 1st…)

Kodak eyeCamera


Posted on: November 16, 2009

Havidol is for the treatment of Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD).   Only there is no such thing as Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder or its treatment, Havidol. 

This parody site was created by someone who wanted to demonstrate the tactics used by the drug industry when marketing a new drug.  The website includes testimonials and promotional merchandise. 

The site uses subtle humor to achieve its objective.  So subtle, in fact, that many people believe the illness and drug are real.   Interest in the condition (and its cure) was high and the site had 5,000 hits in the first few days.   Reuters wrote an article about the Havidol website and the confusion it caused.

Havidol drug parody website

Havidol drug parody website

April Fool’s Day brings a motherload of internet pranks and hoaxes.  As part of an almost-annual tradition since  2000, Google joins in on the fun.  In a previous post, I covered the jokes from 2000 – 2007.  In this post, I’ll tackle 2008.

Adsense for Conversations – You’ve seen how you can add Google ads to your websites and blogs.  Now learn how you can add Google ads to your conversations.

Adsense for conversations

Announcing Google Weblogs – Google’s new technology makes blog publishing a breeze.  Google will automatically shift your best content to the top of the page.  Google will automatically create your sidebar for you using their advanced algorithms.  The best part?  You can post directly into Google’s search results.  No more page rank worries!

Google Weblogs

 gDay – Here’s a hoax from the Google guys in Australia.  The new gDay technology lets users search for content on the internet one day before it is created!  Anyone want to place bets on Monday Night Football?


 Gmail Custom Time – Forget someone’s birthday? Wished you had sent that email yesterday instead of today?  Well, now with Gmail Custom Time, you can back-date your emails.  You’ll never be late again.

Gmail Custom Time

Google Book Search Scratch-and-Sniff – Amazing.  Somehow Google has managed to digitize scratch-and-sniff books.  Just lean real close to your monitor and …

Google Books

Google Talk Goes Green – You know, all those characters you type into Google Talk have an impact on the environment, right?  Google Talk is going green by automatically shortening your words, thus reducing the carbon footprint of your chat.

Google Talk

Google Wake-Up Kit – If you have trouble waking up in the morning, Google has the perfect solution for you.

Google wake up kit

Virgle – Google has recently announced a joint project with the Virgin Group to establish a human settlement on Mars.  Here is your opportunity to apply to be part of this historic venture.


Here’s a great solution for cash-strapped Americans who want to help the economy via a shopping spree:  Go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website, select the denomination you desire (ie; $50, $20, or $10) and the quantity you need and hit “Print”.

Can you really print money from this parody website?  See for yourself. 


Bureau of Engraving and Printing parody

Bureau of Engraving and Printing parody

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Clones R Us

Posted on: October 1, 2009

Do you love your first-born son so much that you’d love to have another just like him?  Or maybe you’d like your daughter to grow up one day to be your mother.   You can get a son exactly like Pierce Brosnan for $80,000.  Too much for your budget?  How about a $299 little Michael Jackson (note: price does not include plastic surgery – your Michael comes “as is”. )  

If this sounds too good to be true.  It is.  Rats.  The Clones R Us spoof site came on the scene back in 1997.   An interesting section of the site is the Guest Book, which lists user comments (for/against cloning) on the site from 1997 – 2001. 



This site can be found at

This site can be found at


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Get your Facebook profiles in order folks, a newly formed agency within the Department of Homeland Security has been tasked with ensuring the accuracy of Facebook profile information as they move toward making Facebook accounts the new National ID.

Perhaps you missed the story about the acquisition of Facebook by the US Government for the purpose of securing our homeland.   Perhaps that’s because it’s not actually true?

Take a peek into paranoia at the Facebook Investigation parody page.

Facebook Investigation parody site

Facebook Investigation parody site

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