Oh, Google. I applaud thee.
If you’re curious why the multi-colored Google logo says Topeka today, it’s simply because Google always gets the last laugh. They are seriously the smartest guys and gals in the room. Before I’m accused of worshiping an Internet idol, let’s jump on Topeka.
In March, Topeka, Kansas, Mayor Bill Bunten announced that the Kansas capital was changing its name to Google, Kansas. The momentary change was part of the ongoing effort Topeka has made to become a test-site for Google’s planned broadband network. Kudos to both Topeka and Google for having a sense of humor about it. I’ve been to Topeka multiple times, and quite honestly, I didn’t know the city had the mojo for such a move. Salina, Kansas? Sure. Or a Wichita? Maybe. But Topeka?
Google spokesman Dan Martin was quick to clarify–in no way does this acknowledgement bump Topeka to the top of the communities who have submitted interest to become a test site for the company’s planned progression. But if Google didn’t choose Topeka as one of the test sites, they’d kind of be slapped with “dick” status, wouldn’t they? Like the wittier of two acquaintances who offers a solid roast, and follows the laugh with a cold shoulder to the other?
Personally,I think it’d be nice to see Topeka honored with something other than the presence of Rev. Fred Phelps. And maybe Google could pull the plug on a few circumstantial scenarios like they have in China. Like I said, the guys and gals at Google are the smartest in the room.
Maybe someday I can deliver coffee to that room.
(Image via: Google)