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Google Fun Facts

Monday, September 24, 2007

Hey y'all Google-lovers out there! I have stumbled upon a set of Google Fun Facts for all of you today! Here are the most interesting ones:
Google's name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James Newman. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively (a combined 47 years old).

Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.
Google has a world-class staff of more than 2,668 employees known as Googlers. The company headquarters is called the Googleplex.

Googlers are multifaceted
. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company's chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.


When Google was a Stanford research project, it was nicknamed BackRub because the technology checks backlinks to determine a site's importance.
Source: http://www.google.com/press/funfacts.html

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