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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

High-Speed Internet Through Your Toilet

 High-Speed Internet Through Your Toilet

Google's April Fools' Offering: High-Speed Internet Through Your Toilet

Presiding over a company with a market value of $143 billion apparently gives Silicon Valley's most famous billionaires a good sense of humor - and a case of corporate potty mouth.

Senior executives at Google Inc. (GOOG) launched their annual April Fools' Day prank Sunday, posting a link on the company's home page to a site offering consumers free high-speed wireless Internet through their home plumbing systems.

Code-named "Dark Porcelain," Google said its "Toilet Internet Service Provider" (TiSP) works with Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) new Windows Vista operating system. But sorry - septic tanks are incompatible with the system's requirements.

• Click here to read the "Dark Porcelain" press packet. May be slightly offensive to anyone no longer in third grade.

The gag included a mock press release quoting Google co-founder and president Larry Page, a step-by-step online installation manual, and a scatological selection of Frequently Asked Questions.

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