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How A Google April Fools' Joke Unleashed The Zombie Apocalypse
07-16-2016, 07:35 PM,
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How A Google April Fools' Joke Unleashed The Zombie Apocalypse
How A Google April Fools' Joke Unleashed The Zombie Apocalypse

<p>Remember the "Google Maps Pokemon Challenge"? Probably not. It was a one time event that took place on April Fools day in 2014. </p>
<p>This is how Google explained it. </p>
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<p>Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps. </p>
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<p>To catch 'em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, "press start," and begin your quest. </p>
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<p>And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers. </p>
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<p>The ad in question: </p>
<p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4YMD6xELI_k" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p>
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<p>Many laughed and quickly brushed it aside... but not <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niantic,_Inc.">Niantic Labs</a>, a software development company founded in 2010 incidentally <em>as one of Google's own internal startups.</em> Niantic - which all the way back in 2012 was developing location-based mobile games - was spun off as an independent entity in September 2015 and less than a year later released Pokemon Go together with Ninentdo (quickly resulting in Nintendo becoming the most-traded stock in <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-15/pokemania-nintendo-just-became-most-traded-stock-japanese-history">Japanese history</a>). </p>
<p>And while we are delighted that Niantic CEO John Hanke has been unquestionably successful with his adaptation of an "April Fools" joke in the form of Pokemon Go, we are a little concerned that he has also unleashed the Zombie Apocalypse. </p>
<p>Dont believe us? This is what <a href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/07/massive-crowd-vaporeon-stampede-after-spotting-rare-pokemon-nyc-central-park">USA Today wrote today</a>, when the sighting of a rare Pokemon made hundreds of New Yorkers into Central Park-stomping zombies.</p>
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<p>On the one hand, this might be video evidence of people officially going insane. But, on the other hand, it’s also a Vaporeon, which are super rare Pokemon.</p>
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<p>First, some quick Pokemon background: Eevees are cute little fox-type Pokemon that, unlike other Pokemon, can evolve in eight different directions. They only evolve once, and after they do, they can’t evolve any more.</p>
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<p>What that means is that if you want to catch all the Pokemon, you have to either catch eight different Eevees and evolve them all in different ways — which is really tough to do — or you have to catch the other, rare evolutions when they do appear.</p>
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<p>And, well, one appeared in Central Park late on Saturday night. A Vaporeon. Here’s what that one looks like…</p>
<p><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2016/07/03/vaporeon_1_0.png" width="279" height="278" /></p>
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<p>And here’s what it looks like when a bunch of Pokemon addicts actually see one.</p>
<p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MLdWbwQJWI0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p>
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<p>It's not just the Vaporeon. This is what happened when something called a Charizard appeared.</p>
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<iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eDDTjTuCLNE?list=PLzJ7OzzKgBdG0-a6cq80qwtjikMN_5P5U" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p>
<p>In retrospect, if ISIS had really wanted to destroy western civilization it should have skipped all the suicide bombers and "made in the San Fernando Valley" decapitation videos, and just hired a few good programmers... </p>


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