Times are still tough in the U.S.A., not to mention the rest of the world. But one thing is sure, we are holding fast to one of the truly American qualities I treasure the most – our sense of humor.

Yes, it’s April Fool’s Day and I got suckered by Google – and had a good laugh – a great way to start any day!

Google has been playing around with their search home page, dressing it up for various holidays like St. Patrick’s Day. I indulge them that, but mostly I really want them to stick to their wonderful usual clean, simple look. They’ve done a great job of branding, haven’t they?

But today Google’s home page proclaimed “Topeka” and a little link “Not in Kansas – learn about our new name” explained that Google is changing it’s name to Topeka. A little sign at their corporate HQ confirmed it, along with a press release.

I admit, I fell for it for about a minute and then it dawned on me that it’s April Fools’ Day. I sent an email this morning to my step-daughter not to waste her time calling or emailing today, because we were on to her April Fool’s Day hijinks. Nonetheless, I feel for Google’s trick.

Day in and day out I provide my business coachingĀ to small businesses across the country. Everyone’s working hard, dealing with the challenges. I say as long as we can laugh at ourselves, we’ll be just fine.

Thanks, Google, for a good laugh today.

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