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Topeka: Google's April Fool's 2010 Joke

Armen Hareyan's picture

Google changing its name to Topeka was probably one of the most unexpected April Fool's 2010 jokes. People who woke up this morning saw Topeka on Google's page instead of the traditional company name.

Judging from this image, it looks like Google changed not only its online name to Topeka but also the name on the sign on its headquarters. Here is what prompted “Topeka” for Google’s April Fool's 2010 move.

On its official blog Google explains why it decided to change its name to Topeka.

Topeka is the capital city of the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, the mayor of Topeka, Bill Bunten, announced that he had renamed the city to Google. This was a big surprise even for Google. Bunten says the name change is unofficial, but they are having fun with it, reports CNN. Bunten hopes this way Topeka will raise its profile in the competition for Google's Fiber for Communities Program, which will bring an ultra-high-speed fiber optic network to selected American communities.

Thus, Google, after having fair amount of discussion, decided to respond to Mayor Bunten's move and change its name to Topeka as 2010 April Fool's day joke.

Google jokes the Topeka name change will have some consequences. From now on, all correspondence will need to be mailed to Topeka Inc. instead of Google Inc. The company employees will be known as "Topekers" or "Topekans." It may take some time for people to get used to the brand name change.

Here are some proper uses for Topeka, Google suggests.

For example, we used to say "I did a Google search about a topic," now we may want to say "I did a Topeka search." This is also OK: Instead of saying he Googled this topic for a research, you may want to say he Topeka'ed this topic for research. Absolutely forbidden: “He topeka’ed the topic using AltaVista.”

In any case, Google made a great April Fool's joke in 2010. Let's see how the investors, not knowing about I,t react when the markets open. Topeka search is great, but we are looking forward to Google's return back to its normal brand name.

Written by Armen Hareyan


Submitted by jackie (not verified) on
Always enjoy the fun things Google does with it's name. Loved it during the olympics but loved the Sesame Characters the best. Thank you for making my day.

Submitted by Vane (not verified) on
I DONT want to say topeka it i want to say google it

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
they git me 4 the first couple minutes. but then i realized what day it was. lol. nice google.

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Submitted by shane barnes (not verified) on
I'm an idiot. I was so confused as to why Google, a huge company with much success would change their name to Topeka. I felt to sdumb when a friend of mine leaned over and told me it was also April Fool's Day. I've never felt so dumb in my enitire life. Thank you Google, for smacking me in the face with my own idiocracy. <3 much love.

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The word is idiocy, not idiocracy. Idiocracy Id`i*oc"ra*cy\, n.; pl. Idiocrasies. [Idio- + Gr. ? a mixture, fr. ? to mix: cf. F. idiocrasie.] Peculiarity of constitution; that temperament, or state of constitution, which is peculiar to a person; idiosyncrasy. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


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