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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

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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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a weekend at Camp David?  The secluded presidential retreat is a bit of a mystery to the average American.  But no more!  

The Obama White House has decided to open up Camp David to the general public one weekend per month.   For a mere $1,500, you and seven of your friends can stay in one of the cabins at Camp David.  

Sounds like fun.  Click here to visit the site and plan your exciting getaway to Camp David.  Or maybe not.   

Click here to plan your weekend at Camp David

Click here to plan your weekend at Camp David


 Here is a blog that is all about Camp David, in case you want the real scoop.


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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 this post, I’ll cover the jokes up through 2007.    The Google hoaxes for 2008 can be viewed in a different post.

2000 – Google launches MentalPlex search.  Why be bothered typing in your search query when Google can read your mind for you?google1a

2002 – Google unveils its PigeonRank search technology.   Ingenious use of the massively parallel pecking capabilities of the common gray pigeon brings Google to the forefront of search technology.


2004 – Google plans to open lunar research center.  It’s not enough to take over the Earth, Google wants to expand its reach to the moon.google2

2005 – Google Gulp   If you drink Coke just for the caffeine, you’ll love what Google Gulp will do for you.google3 

 2006 – Google Romance – Find your perfect match using the new Soulmate Search and then enjoy an all-expenses paid date (provided you agree to view contextually relevant advertising during your date).  google4

2007 – Gmail Paper – Know someone who likes to print out all of their emails before reading them?  This handy hard-copy delivery service is just for them!


2007 – Google TiSP – Google offers a free in-home wireless broadband service that connects your wifi-enabled toilet to the internet via your plumbing system. 


BBSpot is a tech humor site filled with, you guessed it, geeky tech-related humor.  While there are hundreds of different fake news stories on the site, I am focusing only on one:  Twitter Unveils New Premium Accounts.

This fake news story, written a couple months ago, announced the introduction of paid premium accounts on Twitter.  The account levels range from “Sparrow” at $5.00 per month all the way up to “Eagle” at $250 per month.  For a mere additional $100 per year, your tweets will be forwarded to a “well-educated offshore employee who will embellish tweets”.   (my note: I wonder if they offer the same service for us lowly bloggers…)

Fake news stories aren’t exactly rare these days with some of the best coming from The Onion.   I decided to feature the Twitter Premium Accounts story because so many people fell for it (and still continue to do so).