11 Interesting Facts About Google That You May Not Know – Nutshell School
There are few people who haven’t heard of Google. But here are some interesting facts about Google, the most popular search engine, that you may not know yet.
- Go to Google homepage and type the words “I want to commit suicide”. Above all the search results, Google provides the Suicide Helpline number of your country.
- A young girl wrote to Google to give her father a day off as it was his birthday. This is what Google sent back in reply.
- Go to Google Maps. Click on the satellite view and zoom out as much as possible. You can see an amazing view of earth with real time shadows. You can see real time clouds if you zoom in twice.
- Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan, which lives at their California headquarters. Founders bought it to remind the employees to not let Google go extinct.
- Search “atari breakout” in Google Images and you can play the game. Try it now.
- Go to Google Mars. You can see a map of Mars.
- Type any number in the search bar and Google will spell it out for you.
- Should a U.S. Google employee pass away while under the employ of the 14-year old search giant, their surviving spouse or domestic partner will receive a check for 50% of their salary every year for the next decade.
- Google HQ rents goats from California Grazing to mow their lawns and fields. The employees think that it’s a lot cuter to watch goats do the mowing than lawn mowers.
- Google is a wedding planner. Yes, you heard it right. Plan your special day with Google Wedding.
- Google Sky Maps allows you to view stars, constellations, galaxies and planets.
Some More Fun Facts about Google
1. Google Was Originally Known As “Project BackRub”
When Brin and Page first developed an algorithm for searching the net, they dubbed it “BackRub”. This algorithm was then used to measure and rank the importance of webpages based on inbound links; the skeleton of what would become Google Search was formed.
Changing the name from Backrub to Google was probably a smart choice. Can you imagine what life would be like constantly saying “Let me just BackRub it” every time you needed to look up the answer to something?
2. Google Is A Multi-Billion Dollar Spelling Mistake
That’s right – Google is perhaps the biggest and most public spelling mistake ever made. Page and Brin settled on “Googol” as the name for their search engine, referring to the impossibly large number of the same name (the number 1 followed by a hundred zeros).
When it came time to register the domain name, they were delighted to find that Google.com was available. Good reason for that – until then, Google wasn’t even a real word! When they later discovered the word they’d looked up was an incorrect spelling of “googol”, they decided to roll with it anyway.
3. The Founders Originally Didn’t Get Along
Despite similar visions and interests in the World Wide Web, Page and Brin certainly didn’t start off as friends. As soon as they met, the pair clashed on nearly every topic they discussed and both referred to the other as “obnoxious”.
Despite (or even because of) their passion for arguments, the two ended up becoming friends and would later join forces on a research project that would change the internet forever.
4. The First Google Computer Was Made From Lego
This one sounds like a bad urban legend, but it’s true. Due to budget constraints (don’t forget, even the founders of Google were once poor college students), the Google team fashioned custom-made server racks out of Lego bricks.
Today, Google runs more than one million servers in data centres around the world to handle over 3.5 billon searches made internationally every day. Hard to imagine it all started with a single server built from a children’s toy!
5. Google’s First Chef Was A Former Caterer For ‘The Grateful Dead’
In 1999, Google’s employees (all 40 of them) held a cook-off to determine who to hire as head chef. Charlie Ayers, former caterer for American rock band, The Grateful Dead, won the competition and held the position for 7 years.
6. Google Was Officially ‘Verbified’
Google received one of its biggest honours when the Oxford English Dictionary officially added “Google” as a verb in 2006. Google’s influence became so widespread that “to Google” became synonymous with searching for information on the internet. This is the most interesting facts about google.
7. Google Was Nearly Sold For Less Than A Million Dollars
Next time you make a bad decision, spare a thought for the former CEO of internet company Excite, George Bell. When Bell was made an offer to buy Google for $1 million back in 1999, he declined. The price was knocked down to a steal at $750,000 but he still declined, saying the asking price was too high.
Bell couldn’t have predicted the company he turned down would later go on to make hundreds of billions of dollars and become a global phenomenon. But as it is, Bell’s refusal has been enshrined in the history books as one of the worst business decisions ever made.
8. No Part Of A Google Office Is More Than 150 Feet Away From Food
Google’s employee perks are pretty well known (and envied). We’ve heard about the nap pods and the on-site gyms, but being served breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for free? That’s a perk we could sink our teeth into.
Wherever they are in the office, employees are never more than 150 feet away from some kind of food.
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