Google Python, 1 april 2007


Op 1 april 2007 melde Google aan de medewerkers van het kantoor in New York dat er een heuse python rond zou rond glijden door het kantoor. Ondanks dat de e-mail op 1 april werd verstuurd was dit zeker geen grap al dachten de meeste medewerkers dit wel en waren media ook sceptisch omdat Google tenslotte een reputatie heeft als het gaat om 1 april grappen. Google stuurde daarom als bewijs dan ook dit nieuws naar nieuwswebsite CNet. Het is bij Google op het kantoor toegestaan om huisdieren mee te brengen en zodoende is de python dus een huisdier van één van de medewerkers. De python draagt de naam Kaiser. Een bedrijf werd ingeschakeld om op zoek te gaan naar Kaiser die, vier muizen per dag eet en niet giftig is. Sommige medewerkers legden ook nog de link met Python de programmeertaal, dit omdat sommige applicaties van Google ontworpen zijn in Python, zoals GMail. De bewuste e-mail die werd rondgestuurd hieronder.

Dear Googlers:

The timing of this email could not be more awkward. Over the weekend, a pet snake belonging to a Googler was released from its cage in a 4th floor cubicle near the Tech Stop. The snake is a 3-foot long, brown and grey ball python named Kaiser. Ball pythons are nonvenomous and are commonly kept as pets. Our exterminator, with Google's security team and the snake's owner are searching for it. Should you see the snake, please do not attempt to touch it or pick it up. Call security immediately.

Tempting as it might be, this is not an April Fool's joke! We are sending this message to alert you to the situation and to let you know what to do in the event you see the snake. We will send an update to all New York Googlers at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2 and post signs at office entrances. Should you have any particular concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor.

As a reminder, the pets policy of Google New York allows only dogs to be brought into the office by Googlers. Permission must be obtained from management before any other type of animal can be brought onto the premises.


Dear Googlers:

I want to let you all know that Kaiser, the 3-foot ball python, is still missing from its tank on the 4th floor next to the Tech Stop. This morning, we will be putting up signs in the microkitchens with a photograph of a ball python so that you know what Kaiser looks like. Ball pythons tend to be shy and to hide themselves in small, dark spaces, while curled into a ball (hence the name "ball" python). Again, should you spot Kaiser, please contact security immediately.

Thank you,


Later is de Python gevonden

Monday, April 2nd, 10:45 PM, we receive another Facilities Manager email: "After consultations with a herpetology expert at the American Museum of Natural History, our team of Google security and concerned volunteers located Kaiser relaxing behind a cabinet earlier this evening, and he was returned safely home with his owner." So, it all ended happily, and Kaiser is now at his owner's home to stay.


Google Python, 1 april 2007