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Google’s April Fool’s Prank Is an Unmitigated Catastrophe


Every year, Google rings in April Fool’s Day with an eyerolling-to-mildly amusing gag about some new pretend feature they’re rolling out, and every year, it’s harmless. Every year except this one, in which Google’s prank went over so disastrously that they yanked it before 8am.

The “prank,” such as it was, involved a big, orange “drop the mic” button on your gmail group emails, which promptly muted the entire thread and sent a GIF of a minion dropping a mic, which is the worst thing in the entire world. “Email’s great, but sometimes you just wanna hit the eject button,” Google said in a blog post. “Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop.”

It’s not even all that funny in theory, but in execution, it was an unmitigated catastrophe. People who naturally expected a Google “prank” to not work clicked the button out of curiosity, only to send the GIF and mute themselves from sensitive email threads, professional conversations and, in at least one instance, a chat with potential employers. “Not only am I mortified of the mistake, but this could potentially cost me my dream job,” wrote one poor soul in the Gmail help forum.

“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” Google wrote, sounding like a red-faced uncle who just tried to make an unfunny joke at a funeral. “Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”

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If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


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