Topeka, Kansas Changes Name to Google (Really)
Topeka, Kansas is no longer Topeka, Kansas.
Desperate for a slice of Google's 1 Gigabit fiber, Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten yesterday signed a proclamation calling for Topeka to be known as "Google, Kansas — the capital city of fiber optics."
The Topeka Capital Journal reports that Bunten told city council members about the proclamation and none of them had any problem with it. "I support pushing the 'send' button," Councilman Jeff Preisner said. Bunten later said that the move was, "more 'fun' than anything else," and that he hopes it will set Topeka aside from the other cities eager to be part of the test market for Google's superspeed Internet.
The change of name will stand only for the month of March. Come April, Topeka will be Topeka again. But for how long? The city is no stranger to name changes, after all. CJonline reports that in 1998, Mayor Joan Wagnon changed the name of the city from Topeka to "ToPikachu." The name-change coincided with the nationwide kick-off of the Pokemon franchise.
Topeka can't legally change its name and then change it back again, but a legal advisor told the Mayor that issuing a proclamation is perfectly alright.