How A Google April Fools' Joke Unleashed The Zombie Apocalypse

Remember the "Google Maps Pokemon Challenge"? Probably not. It was a one time event that took place on April Fools day in 2014.

This is how Google explained it.

Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps.


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.


And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.

The ad in question:


Many laughed and quickly brushed it aside... but not Niantic Labs, a software development company founded in 2010 incidentally as one of Google's own internal startups. 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 Japanese history).

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.

Dont believe us? This is what USA Today wrote today, when the sighting of a rare Pokemon made hundreds of New Yorkers into Central Park-stomping zombies.

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.


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.


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.


And, well, one appeared in Central Park late on Saturday night. A Vaporeon. Here’s what that one looks like…

And here’s what it looks like when a bunch of Pokemon addicts actually see one.


It's not just the Vaporeon. This is what happened when something called a Charizard appeared.

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...


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