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This was so much fun to write. There is a ton of crazy stuff in here. It's one of my favorite posts.
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...and please, when you reach 99 notifications on Google+, post the screen shot of the mug! 
 
Great once again! I notice someone pedantically pointed out the TARDIS is a Police box, not a phone booth. So I'd like to one-up that by saying a police box was a type of phone booth so you were right anyway. Also as a bit of trivia, a Police box here in Glasgow was converted into a tiny takeaway coffee shop with one guy inside, not been by lately to see if he's still going.
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From your AP piece.:

1. I have managed to figure out that "Spicybowl" is the internal codename for Google+ Local (formerly Google Places)

I think you'll find 'spicy bowl' goes all the way back to Google Hotpot.

That service was merged with Places and is now a part of Local, but more importantly it's the basis for Local's recommendation engine. Thus, the graphic you found (http://goo.gl/4US1e) is shown overlaid on a Google-formatted restaurant review.

Hotpot Background info.:
http://places.blogspot.com/2011/04/hotpot-is-going-places.html

BTW: spicy bowl and hotpot are translations that refer to classic oriental 'stew' dishes, typically served up family style from a single, large bowl.:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_pot

2. Settings has a rather interesting set of options that I'm pretty sure aren't accessible anywhere, check this out:

<string-array name="user_content_ratings_entries">
<item>Ascended being</item>
<item>Human</item>
<item>Neanderthal</item> [etc.]

Looks like no more than a sample ratings hierarchy, using traditional descending-order taxonomy...geek humor in place of '5 stars', '4 stars', '3 stars', etc. As we were reminded this week, Googlers have a thing for the 'evolution' meme (http://goo.gl/xeEKx). :-)

This code snippet seems to date from way back at the start of AOSP (archived: http://goo.gl/8RE0C). I presume it was an inside joke by the OG coders, possibly used here as a reminder while they were designing the labyrinth of Android's nested Settings menus.

Hope this helps.
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The mysterious maps icon is and has always been the Maps icon for google's Maps app on Blackberry! I don't know how it got into Android, but here it is on their Blackberry apps page. http://www.google.com/mobile/blackberry/
My previous phone was an old Blackberry, and Maps was one of the few non-stock apps that was worth using. Not flashy, but everything you needed was there.
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