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Google Maps April Fools Prank

So today is April 1st 2014, in the western world better known as April Fool’s Day! A day when all the pranksters come out to play, and pull jokes on their friends and family members. This year, Google decided to get in on the action a little early.  The company’s maps division announced in a video published yesterday, that it is currently seeking a Pokémon Master to join the team. To do this Google has developed a Pokémon Challenge that is what it calls “the most rigorous test known to man.” Within the latest version of the Google Maps app, Google has added hidden Pokémon, and to be deemed the Pokémon Master you have to catch them all.
To play, you must you have the most recent version of the Google Maps App. Open it and click the search bar, where you’ll see a Pokéball and a button that says “Press start.”

From then on you will see Pokémon scattered all over your map, as well as Pokémon-style houses like the one seen in the picture below.

Catching the Pokémon is very easy, all you have to do is simply click on them when you find them, but finding them is the real task since they are hidden all over the globe. The deadline to find all 150 Pokémon is April 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 PM, and according to the video released by Google, the  people who find all of the Pokémon in time will be invited to the Googleplex to participate in the final round of hiring. The winner supposedly will start his or her job as Pokémon Master on Sept. 1, 2014.
Sadly, this is almost certainly a Google Maps April Fools prank because the disclaimer in the Google Maps video says the role of Pokémon master is not yet available” and recommends you go to Google’s jobs page. Good job Google! This will most definitely go down in history as one of the most carefully devised April Fool’s pranks like ever. Although the Pokémon Master job is fake, everyone is still free to try and catch them all!
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