Google changes name? Don't be fooled (2)

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"I appreciate the honor bestowed by the mayor when he included me with two of the city's major assets," Koch told Reuters by telephone. "I urge the bidding start at $25 million for me and $200 million for Central Park," he added, joining in with the frivolity.

Coffee shop chain Starbucks announced it was launching the "Plenta", a giant 128 fluid ounce (3.8 liters) cup of coffee and the Micra, a tiny 2 fluid ounce (0.06 liters) cup, saying it would meet customer demand for "more and less coffee."

A spoof website identical to the Boston Athletic Association's official site showed new, tougher qualifying standards for the city's annual marathon, as well as a much smaller total field of runners planned for 2011.

Achieving a Boston qualifying time, or "BQ," is a holy grail for many runners. The suggestion that most would need to slice another ten minutes off their 26.2-mile race times caused howls of protest until the prank was realized.

Across the Atlantic frolics were also the order of the day.

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