Google April Fools Jokes Through the Years

There are some great April Fool’s Day 2011 jokes that we’ve spotted this year and we’ve already given you details of YouTube’s effort and also some you can pull using Facebook. Earlier we also reported on the 2011 Google April Fool’s Day prank about Gmail Motion, which was spotted earlier and has fooled thousands of people. As the Google April Fools’ are so popular we thought it would be interesting to look at a reminder of them through the years.

A history of Google’s spoofs from 2000 to 2010 has been compiled by Clint Boulton over on eWeek and has prompted some great memories of Google’s best. Back in 2000 many people were duped by Google’s MentalPlex search technology and the idea was that you’d never have to type your search again but instead merely think about what you wanted to search for. It looked pretty convincing until the first instruction, which read, “Remove hat and glasses.” Nevertheless it does tickle us to imagine people all over taking off their specs that morning to try it out.

Looking at 2005 we had forgotten this one but Google’s April Fool that year was about Google Gulp, a special drink which was supposed to increase people’s intelligence. Google Gulp (BETA) with Auto-Drink (LIMITED RELEASE) had a particularly wordy explanation of the science behind the drink and may have fooled some people, but anyone still in doubt was told how to get gulped at the end of the prank. The only way to get this limited release drink was to take a used Gulp cap into any grocery store. Think about it!

Another great spoof in 2007 was Google TiSP (toilet internet service provider), which was claimed could make use of existing toilet and sewer lines for free Internet connection. TiSP was said to be free, fast, reliable, easy to set up and vacuum-packed to prevent water damage. One of our favorites that we reported on in 2010 was Google translate for animals making the claim, “bridging the gap between animals and humans.” This was said to be an Android app that would make it possible to talk to your pets, or any other animal.

There are many more as some years saw more than one April Fool’s Day gag from Google, and you can see a slideshow of all of them at the eWeek link above. Remember if you want to read about the 2011 Google April fool click on the Gmail Motion link near the top of the page. If you want to see even more, another article at Mass Live tells how the Internet is celebrating the day. What are your thoughts on Google’s April Fool’s Day jokes through the year? Do you agree that they are some of the best on the Internet? Let us know with your comments.