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April 1, 2008

Google fools with time manipulation, Mars colony

Posted: 04:21 PM ET

Perhaps it's only a coincidence that on this April Fool's Day, Google has announced an extraordinary initiative to improve your e-mail experience.

Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google, which unleashed its annual April Fools initiatives today.

With Custom Time, you can change the time stamps on up to ten e-mails per year to make it look like you didn’t miss deadlines, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. But wait! If you make it so that an e-mail was sent in the past, wouldn't that have affected subsequent events? Apparently Google can even smooth out related kinks with its "e-flux capacitor" to "resolve issues of causality." One user apparently told Google, "I used to be an honest person; but now I don't have to be."

Even more exciting, Google claims to have teamed up with Virgin Group to launch Virgle, the first human colony on Mars. You can even apply to join the venture by answering the questionnaire. You'd better think really hard about how you would respond in tough situations. What would you do if "unexpectedly confronted with the emergence of a bewilderingly alien and frighteningly advanced Martian life form" that "appeared bent on killing" you if you "failed to quickly and effectively communicate my peaceful intentions and potential value to its civilization"? Once you've got that down, submit a 30-second video through YouTube explaining why you want to live on Mars. It's just that simple, fool.

–Elizabeth Landau, Associate Producer,

Filed under: Mars • Space

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Harlee   April 1st, 2008 6:19 pm ET

lol thats funny

Karen   April 2nd, 2008 12:24 am ET

i sent it to 12 people who all emailed back super excited..rofl. Google makes it so that i dont even have to think up my own pranks 🙂

Mr. Spock   April 2nd, 2008 1:41 am ET

Eric, how about making Google permanently black with white text. The white screen glare hurts people's eyes and uses too much energy. You hit on something in Earth hour last weekend. How about black Google or at least make it an option. Thanks.

dave   April 2nd, 2008 7:41 am ET

MR Spock dont you know that you can change the color of your own text . easy to do just open help. Google googlized us all

Debbie   April 2nd, 2008 12:23 pm ET

I was very upset when I read about the new really shook me up, I thought "what is this world coming to!!!"

Only today did I learn it was an April Fools joke....thank goodness it is.

What is still up setting is comments I read about some people thinking it would be "awsome". Scary values.

Mysterius   April 2nd, 2008 2:50 pm ET

@Mr. Spock: Actually, as Black takes more energy than white to display on LCD screens, unlike CRT screens.
So, if you have a LCD screen, go with white backgrounds.

Mac   April 2nd, 2008 4:58 pm ET

Hey Spock. Google already did a blackout hour on March 29th, 2008.

Thanks for paying attention.

Mr. Spock   April 3rd, 2008 1:09 am ET

Dave thanks for the tip. It was in tools/colors. Still trying to learn the little subtleties of Vista.

Chris   April 3rd, 2008 5:35 pm ET

Vin   April 3rd, 2008 10:29 pm ET

There is also by Google

No need to fiddle with colors/settings

A brilliant concept   April 4th, 2008 9:43 am ET

I reviewed it on my blog here...

Let's say you wanted to send out a prank email to your boss...
Now today is 4/1/2008, but with custom time you can predate it to 3/31/2008 & send it now....

jReal   April 4th, 2008 10:43 am ET

Want a black Google?

Capten Kirk   April 7th, 2008 4:51 am ET

Have a colony on mars? Just like on star trek, eh Mr. Spock? Yay for google!

Mr. Spock   April 7th, 2008 8:02 pm ET

At the rate we're going, it will be just orbiters and robots on Mars. No astronauts, and no colonies. I'm afraid we're stuck here, Kirk.

Bones   April 8th, 2008 10:27 pm ET

Dammit Spock! Where's your compassion! Keep the display white you pointy eared, Vulcan moron.

Mr. Spock   April 10th, 2008 5:55 am ET

I find your line of reasoning highly illogical, Doctor.

John   April 15th, 2008 2:37 pm ET

This is old news. To prove it, I have this e-mail someone sent me last week about this very subject. See, it was sent to me March 25th. At least that's what it says on the time stamp. 🙂

Aussie Jane   April 16th, 2008 3:17 pm ET

Why would anyone want to live on Mars? It's cold, dusty, dry, bathed in harmful UV radiation, and has a poisonous CO2 atmosphere that is very thin. Quite a deal of artificial domed colonies at great expense, and some degree of terraforming would have to take place before anyone would consider living there. A great place for astro-science to be studied, but not a very nice place to live. We have it pretty good here on the big blue marble.

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