And the prize for the most outrageous April Fool of the day goes to a combined effort from Virgin and Google.
According to the Google Blog, the pair have united to launch Virgle, a jointly owned and operated venture "dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars".
Fantastic! Sir Richard Branson and the Google Boys are giving the project their full support.
'Virgle is the ultimate application of a principle we’ve always believed at Google: that you can do well by doing good,' said Google co-founder Larry Page, who plans to share leadership of the new Martian civilization with Branson and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.And the best line of all:
The original contingent of Virgle Pioneers will be selected by numerous criteria, including an online questionnaire, video submission, personal accomplishments, expertise in scientific, artistic, sociological and/or political fields of endeavor, and inadequate Google and Virgin personal performance reviews.See you there, Dicky!
UPDATE: Clearly Google and Virgin have too much time on their hands.
Kevin May, editor, Travolution
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