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Find Secret Public-Sleeping Dens With 'Google Naps'

Finally, a crowdsourcing effort aimed at reducing productivity.

Travelers who want to plan the laziest vacation ever now have the perfect tool: "Google Naps," a service that reveals a city's hidden bevy of places to take a load off and ssnnrrrggggg.

"Naps" is one of the few crowdsourcing projects out there geared toward lowering productivity. Simply allow it to sense your location, and it spits out a Google Maps-powered guide to where to find the nearest snoozing spot. Options range from public benches to lounges in businesses to libraries to a surprisingly number of grassy fields. (Super-somnolent Naps users have zero fear of ticks and dog pee.)

The project is a tongue-in-cheek work by marketers/pranksters Venour and Kakhiel in the Netherlands. They seem acutely aware of the interest Google's legal team might take in their effort, writing:

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.

But if they do get sued and lose their homes, they can always use their own tool to find a spot to sleep. Here's New York, with riverside benches and a "nice rock in the sun" in Central Park upon which to bask like a lizard:

The "Naps" scene in Washington, D.C., displays the varying degree of seriousness that people are taking with this project. There is indeed good sleeping and chess-watching opportunities in Dupont Circle, though I doubt you'd want to heed one user's advice and drink from the public pond in Meridian Hill Park:

Top image: Jose AS Reyes / H/t Google Maps Mania

About the Author

  • John Metcalfe
    John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.