YouTube Closing, Google Nose, Gmail Blue & More!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smells like April Fools’ Day. You know, immature and cheesy, with a quick, bright finish. At least according to Google Nose, one of the latest additions to Google’s long line of new technologies that never seem to quite make it past April 2.

Much like in 2012, the April Fools’ Day pranks arrived early from Google – and it brought the shocking news that YouTube is shutting down to prepare to pick the Best Video ever. Read on for an ongoing recap of all the practical jokes.

Closing the YouTube Contest Competition


YouTube began in 2005 as a contest to find the best video in the world. And now it’s finally time to pick the winner, the YouTube Blog announced..

“Tonight at midnight, will no longer be accepting entries,” said Tom Liston, Competition Director at YouTube, said in the video above, which features many stars from viral video, and was posted hours before it officially became April 1 in the U.S. “After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner.”

The video warned everyone to watch everything before YouTube deleted it all. Make sure to check back in 2023 when YouTube returns online and you’ll see the “Best Video” winner … and nothing else.

Watch the nominee announcement April 1 at 9 a.m. PT, as YouTube promises to announce all the nominees for 12 hours every day over the next two years here.

Google Nose Knows: Smell the Fear…or the Waffles!


Ever been searching Google and wanted to know what something smells like, what other searchers are sniffing for, or wanted to share an aroma via Google+? Well, take a whiff from Google’s Aromabase and its whopping 15M+ scentibytes collected by StreetSense vehicles and Android Ambient Odor Detection.

Does Google Nose have the smell of success (sweet)? You decide.

Courtesy of the Google Aromabase, you can search and smell:

  • Abraham Lincoln – Old, musty, remnant of American history
  • Airport terminal – Baked tarmac and lost luggage
  • Apple Pie – Carmelized sugar, tarty fruit and baking powder
  • April Fools’ Day – Immature and cheesy, with a quick, bright finish
  • Banana – Sweet isoamyl acetate
  • The Beach – Salt water, suntan lotion and nostalgia
  • Beer – Barley, wheat and a bit of alcohol.
  • Belly button – An organic tweed cotton potato sack
  • Brownies – Fudgy chocolate deliciousness
  • Bubble bath – A refreshing blend of lavendar and soap.
  • Buffalo sauce – Hot sauce, oil and lots (and lots) of meat
  • Cabernet – Fruity, oaky, that’ll be $22 plus state sin tax
  • Campfire – Charcoal, toasty smores, July
  • Campsite – Burning firewood with marshmallows and bear droppings.
  • Canned cat food – Week-old salmon mixed with cardboard and vinegar
  • Car exhaust – Poison, gas, and a salty hint of rising seas
  • The carnival – Cotton candy and clown sweat
  • Casino – Cigarette smoke and the smell of sweet, sweet victory
  • Cave – Wet moss, cold stone and danger
  • Christmas tree – A mix of pine, presents and joy
  • Clam Chowder – Cream and the ocean
  • College dorm – Sweaty, with scents of leftover pizza and burnt popcorn.
  • Cologne – Perfume with a hint of testosterone
  • Diaper – Baby powder and poop
  • Doctor’s Office – Latex and sterile metal
  • Dollar bill – Cotton and linen covered in dirt, sweat and greed
  • Dumpster – Unwashed socks in a locker room after a hockey game
  • Durian – Horribly, rottingly, retchingly…um, tasty!
  • Fear – Sweat, adrenaline, proximity to hungry carnivore
  • Fishermans Wharf – Sunbathing seals and clam chowder
  • Fresh brewed Colombian coffee – Burnt beans sprinkled across dark chocolate
  • Garlic breath – Allyl methyl sulfide
  • Google I/O – Gadgets, over-heated computers and innovation
  • Googleplex – Sun, trees, moonshots, optimism, multi-cultural food, over-heated computers, and five-toe shoes
  • Grandpa’s Hat – Strong coffee and the forest
  • Grapefruit – Citrus and a bright summer morning
  • Gym clothes – Sweaty and dirty with a hint of accomplishment
  • Hair Dye – Bleach, chemicals and a fresh start
  • Hair Salon – Burnt hair and gossip
  • Halloween – Candy corn and/or pennies in a cardboard box
  • Horse manure – Dirt and feces sprinkled atop an organic farm
  • Hospital – Cold, clean, with hints of disinfectant spray
  • Hot Springs – Boisterous bursts of sulfur with a hint of pencil lead on the nose
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi – Chlorine with a hint of romance
  • Improperly installed batteries – Burnt tires with lots of energy
  • Incense – Sweetly pungent enlightenment
  • Jeans in the rain – A complex range of tannins jostled with pickled blueberries and aged brandy.
  • Laptop Monitor – Wafts of burnt yet shiny metal
  • Laundromat – Fabric softener, bleach and pure cleanliness
  • Lavendar – Floral, soft, fresh, with hints of grandma’s potpourri
  • Lemon – Fresh, bright, sour and tart
  • Lip gloss – Artificial strawberry mixed with petroleum
  • Lobster – Buttery deliciousness
  • Locker room – Sweat, showers and teamwork
  • Maple syrup – Sugar and pancakes on a Saturday morning in Vermont or Canada
  • Mars – A Curious blend of sulphur and rust with a sparkling whiff of carbon dioxide.
  • Metal – Iron and quarters
  • Moon rocks – Burnt gunpowder after a desert rain
  • Moth balls – Sweet shoe polish with sprinkles of ammonia
  • Nail polish remover – Pungent and chemical beauty. Makes you feel pampered, but also like you need to shower.
  • Nail salon – Spa water and refreshing notes of acetone
  • Newborn infant – Fresh baby powder with a side of hour-old feces
  • Old hotel room – Air freshener and scandal
  • Parisian streets in the morning – Flakey croissants dipped in brewing espresso
  • Peanut butter – Peanuts, oil and nostalgia
  • Perfume – Cologne with a hint of estrogen
  • Permanent marker – Rubbing alcohol poured into a puddle of gas
  • Pinot Grigio – Grapes, fruit, flowers and a buzz
  • Pizza – Cheesy goodness and yeasty bread paired with a college all-nighter
  • Printer paper – The freshness of a new start, or an office supply store
  • Public Library – A musty, dusty smell evoking brilliance and imagination
  • Pumpkin – Cinnamon-covered squash on Halloween
  • Rain Forest – Fresh air and monkey droppings
  • Roses – Love, warmth, joy (f); Stress, tension, guilt (m)
  • Sauna – Old men sweating after a long day on the golf course
  • Sesame Chicken – Honey, sesame seeds, and oil. In sum: fried perfection.
  • Skiing – Fresh piles of newly fallen snow and frozen sweat
  • Skunk – Putrid; burnt rubber, oil
  • Stale beer – Sticky wooden floors the morning after the frat party
  • Success – Sweet
  • Sunscreen – Sun, sand, sun, sea, sun, plastic toys, sun, vacation, sun, sun, sun
  • Taxi Cab – Leather seats, masked by body odor and cigarette smoke from the prior passenger
  • Toothpaste – Refreshingly minty and clean
  • Turkey – Gravy with a hint of drowsiness
  • Used Clothing – Sweaty cotton drenched with memories
  • Unattended litter box – Distinct boquet of ammonia with an earthy undertone
  • Used napkin – Leftover pasta sauce with the chunk of the brocolli you picked out of your tooth
  • Vampire – Heavy smell of blood, light hint of garlic
  • Vanilla – Calming sweetness. Often compared to chocolate, though arguably not as good
  • Victory – Napalm and sweet success
  • Waffles – Sweet bread and maple syrup on a Sunday morning
  • Wet Dog – Aggressive and foxy with notes of musk, wet towel
  • Yogurt Parfait – Oats and grains sprinkled over a beehive in the summer, as a cow gets milked by his farmer nearby.
  • Google Treasure Maps


    Yarrr! Google has introduced Treasure Mode to Google Maps. The goal is to solve a mystery involving a treasure map that once belonged to an infamous pirate Captain Kidd.

    The maps let you explore 2D landmarks as you explore for hidden treasure chests. And as Google warns, “Treasure Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print. Take care when unfolding the map to avoid ripping it.”


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