These Teens Tricked Google Into Honoring Harambe The Gorilla

A fitting tribute. RIP.

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Earlier this month, Ohio teen Max Brinton decided on a whim to recruit his buds Chris Gallagher and Matej Nujic in a scheme to try to prank Google into honoring the fallen ape.

The three teens are going into their junior year at South High School, located on Shankland Road in Willoughby, Ohio.

On July 10, Brinton enlisted his friends to use the Google Maps app and report an error on the street's name.

"It just kind of came to me one day," Brinton told BuzzFeed News. "I had no faith that they would actually change it. I was 99% sure nothing would happen."

"I couldn't believe that they had changed it," Gallagher told BuzzFeed News. "I mean it was just a funny idea at first. Max always has these funny ideas, and this one worked pretty well."

Gallagher shared his astonishment on Twitter, and the tweet exploded.

WE SENT COMPLAINTS TO GOOGLE MAPS SAYING SHANKLAND ROAD WAS ACTUALLY HARAMBE DRIVE AND THEY CHANGED IT IM SCREAMING

"[The death] was all over the news and it was actually pretty sad at first," he said. "But after a couple of weeks, it just became this point of humor on the internet."

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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