Trivia

Hard

Which Widely Used Service Was Originally Viewed As A Hoax?

Facebook
Gmail
Twitter
Tinder
The 2021 logo for Gmail.
Google

Answer: Gmail

What Gmail offers—lots of storage, a raft of features, and all at the very affordable price of free—is just something we take for granted today. Back in 2004, however, the landscape of web services and free email looked different, and what we expect as routine in the present was outlandish.

In fact, Google, rather tongue-in-cheek, timed the release of Gmail with April Fool’s Day specifically to pull a sort of meta April Fool’s Day prank. At the time of launch, Gmail offered one GB of free storage when other providers were offering a few MBs of free storage. To say the public was skeptical of the announcement would be an enormous understatement. The tech community reacted as if it were a prank, through and through.

The real prank, then, wasn’t convincing everyone that Google was offering an improbably generous free email service, but actually offering it.

Trivia

Hard

When You Play A Video Game So Much You Begin Dreaming About It, You’re Experiencing?

Trivia

Hard

McDonald’s Engineered, And Then Scrapped, Broccoli That Tasted Like?

Trivia

Easy

Which Modern Day Actor Landed A Role Portraying His Very Distant And Famous Cousin?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Video Game Was Turned Into A Movie And Then Back Into A Video Game?

Trivia

Very Hard

Researchers Have Discovered What Vitamin On Meteorite Samples?

Trivia

Hard

Which U.S. State Wasn’t Technically A State Until 2012?

Trivia

Easy

Nearly Half Of The World’s Gold Supply Has Come From What Single Country?

Trivia

Hard

In 1992 U.S. Navy Researchers Identified The World’s Loneliest?

Trivia

Easy

In Iceland There’s A Smartphone App To Help Prevent?

Trivia

Easy

Which One Of These Common Idioms Was Originally An Advertising Slogan?