Google’s name change came one month after the real Topeka decided to temporarily change its name to Google. Wondering what prompted it to do so? Well in the words of Mayor Bill Bunten of Topeka, sorry, Google, expressed it best: “Don’t be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones.”
Topeka means “to dig good potatoes” in the languages of the Kansa (the kaw tribe) and the Ioway tribes.
Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten issued a proclamation on the 1st of March 2010, calling for Topeka to be known for the month of March as “Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics.” By the way, this isn’t the first time Topeka has honored an entity by changing its name. Way back in 1998 Topeka became “Topikachu” in honor of the Pokémon franchise.
Also just a quick mention here of the many trademarks, the city of Topeka owns, which is an unbelievable whopping 1,950 records!. You can also bookmark your favorite cities’ trademarks. Interested how many trademarks are owned by people in the city of Dubai? A round total of 428 records among which this mark, “BURJ KHALIFA” bearing the trademark serial number of 77944387 and applied for by the commercial group of Emaar Properties.
If Dubai and Topeka have marks which you can search for our asian readers needn’t lose heart, Delhi follows with 103 record trademark applications. Also not far behind are Boston, Chicago and Phoenix, and last but not the least Tokyo.
Although this isnt the first time Google’s played its users for a hoax, back in 2007, Google announced that it was launching a wireless broadband service that’d run through the sewers namely TiSP, short for Toilet Internet Service Provider.
Google’s much earlier joke that went around was when Google came clean in 2002 and said the real secret to its search technology was something called PigeonRank.
And no, they haven’t applied for these trademarks either. So keep laughing, pulling your co-worker’s leg and enjoy Easter.
The Trademarkia Team wishes one and all a Great Easter egg search!