reported earlier this morning on Google's YouTube April Fool's prank, where Google told us that YouTube had been formed merely as a video contest and that the winner was going to be announced in 2023.
Turns out this wasn't the only prank the Internet giant thought up this year. Google Maps has come up with an amazing extra map view option, namely Treasure maps:
As you access Google Maps
this is what appears:
Simply click on the icon for "Treasure" and voila
, there is your 2D hand-drawn treasure map complete with landmarks and hidden treasure chests:
A note on the left hand side of the screen implores you to start treasure hunting, but warns:
Treasure Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print. Take care when unfolding the map to avoid ripping it.
If you search around, you will find that Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and also San Jose State university have mini-maps and the letter X marks the spot where the treasure can be found. There are also reportedly other icons scattered around the Google Maps system.
Google explains in the very amusing video above that the map they have used belonged to infamous pirate William "Captain" Kidd, and was found on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean while the team was expanding their "underwater Street View collection."
Google invites users to help crack the code and find the treasure with hidden clues. So, while the maps are available for your use, happy treasure hunting!