Geeking Out: Google Naps, it's a real thing

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

It's an otherwise unremarkable Tuesday night. So you flip on Netflix and get sucked into a gripping series like "Homeland," proceeding to squander the next several hours into drama and Doritos. Next think you know, it's 4 a.m., and as you shamefully wipe that salty chip powder from your dreary face, reality sinks back in: the work day begins in just a few hours. By 10 a.m., you're dreaming about hugging your pillow, forever regretting your lack of self-control that kept you from shutting off the TV after one episode like a reasonable, responsible human being with a life and responsibilities.

Enter Google Naps, which is just what it sounds like: a new Google Maps based, crowdsourced website that documents everyone's favorite places to catch some desperately needed midday Z's. And yes, it's a very real thing. Created by a couple of Netherland designers, the program is an obvious Google Maps rip off -- and its founders aren't shy about acknowledging that. As The Atlantic points out, the duo simply wants to "bring a smile to the face of Google fans."

"So please don't take this to court," they write, "we only have a few hundred Euros in the bank."

Nap spots range from fields and benches to parks close to heavenly smelling bakeries in places like New York, where lots locations have been added. Locally, there are no listings, although there are a couple near Cleveland. One location in Bainbridge cites the underneath of a person's work desk as an ideal place to catch a couple winks. Google Naps is clearly not intended to be taken that seriously, but who knows -- if it catches on, you might just find your next favorite siesta spot. Thank you, Internet, for helping us further squander our productivity.

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