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Long Workday Getting To You? Maybe You Need A Google Nap
March 31, 2014
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Screenshot of Google Naps

Yes, you read that headline right.

Google Naps is a Google Maps mashup made by a couple of pranksters in the Netherlands. Instead of overlaying the kind of information you might expect on an online map — like notable buildings or subway stops — Google Naps offers you convenient places around town to rest your head.

The project is crowdsourced, which means you can easily add your own suggestions. Some Canadian picks include a nook at a library at the University of Toronto (which "Daniel" calls a "great location for a warm nap") and a field in Halifax's North End (which apparently is "real nice, in the sun").

Of course, not every user is taking the noble goal of giving the world a little rest equally seriously. Just off the coast of Bermuda is a map marker for a bench with the following description: "You can wait for the Kraken! Gives you an adventure nap!" (The Kraken is a mythical sea creature said to be able to sink ships with its monstrous tentacles.)

To be clear, this isn't a Google-sanctioned Maps mashup. The site carries this disclaimer:

Dear Sergey & Larry (and other Googlers)
Hello, please don't be mad this is just a joke, a parody. We don't mean to damage your brand or anything, we just want to bring a smile on the faces of Google fans. So please don't take this to court, we only have a few hundred Euros in the bank. And we also don't want to go to jail because we're too busy with other things at the moment. But whenever you are in the Netherlands you can have a nap on our couch if you want, just e-mail us.

Got any great napping spots in your town? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to add them to the site.


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