After Google Earth, search giant sets April 1 sights on Mars

April 1, 2008

Google showed how funny its plans for world domination could be by issuing an April Fool’s invitation to establish a human colony on the planet Mars in an expedition led by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin together with friend and Virgin founder Richard Branson.

“Earth has issues, and it’s time humanity came up with a plan B,” said Google as it urged users to sign up for ”Project Virgle”, due to leave Earth in 2014.

virgle.JPGThe elaborate prank includes a YouTube video featuring Brin and Page, an application form asking wannabe Mars pioneers for their opinions on algae as food or 1/3 gravity, and a 100-year plan.

In the real world, Google is cooperating with NASA on a number of technology projects and is trying to help encourage the space industry to become more entrepreneurial. 

The joke continues a Google tradition that began in 2000 with the April 1 launch of the MentalPlex, a swirling spiral promising smarter and faster searches when users stared into it while projecting a mental image of what they wanted to find.

Other examples included Google Romance in 2006, that treated finding love as “just another search problem” and offered to send couples on a ”Contextual Date, paid for by Google as long as they endured relevant ads during the date.

Funniest of all was Google’s announcement to the public of Gmail on April 1 2004, which many took for a hoax because of the unprecented 1 gigabyte of free storage on offer. It wasn’t. 

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[...] calling it an “Open Source Planet”. The funny thing about this April fool’s joke is that it comes from a wildly ambitious and seemingly unstoppable firm (however, note that even [...]

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for the gag.

Despite the harsh living conditions, I would have gladly gone to Mars with google.

Posted by Cameron | Report as abusive

this just reinforces my belief that google is totalyl awesome.

Posted by Dzu | Report as abusive

You missed the other story of Google e-mail’s “Gmail” posted a site today offering users a new feature called “Custom dating” which allows users to send e-mail that appears to be from the past. Forget to file your taxes on time? Now you can send the e-mail whenever and make it look like it was sent in the past.

wow man go for it! NOT!!! like thats going to happen…

Posted by wtf? | Report as abusive

its funny