Seven Funny Facts You Didn’t Know About Google
These seven fun facts about Google will be very interesting, and will be among the things which you never knew.
Google is certainly the most-used search engine on the Web to date, receiving over millions of queries from different users each day. Despite its increasing popularity and commercial success since launching, its founders – Sergey Brin and Larry Page – have managed to keep to their word that “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”
Google is an unconventional company, but yet, it offers people the best service when it comes to online researching. In this article, GADG brought some of the interesting and fun facts about Google that, in one way or another, could quench your thirst for information.
1. The First Google Doodle
Google’s popular “Doodles” are enjoyed by millions of web users across the globe. The search engine changes the Google logo graphics on its homepage every time they celebrate a special event. But did you know that the first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998, and was designed as an “out of office” message?
The doodle was made by Google guys, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were out of the office to spend the weekend in the festival. They posted the first doodle on Google’s homepage to let users know that they won’t be in the office to fix issues such as servers crash.
2. The Original Google Storage Server Was Made from LEGO
It would be hard to believe but its true. Sergey Brin and Larry Page made their first Google Storage Server using bricks of LEGO. The original storage, which was created way back in 1996, is made up of 10 4GB hard drives with LEGO construction. It even adds funny mini-figures on the top.
3. Google’s First Ever Tweet
The search engine’s first ever Twitter post was actually geeky and humorous at the same time. The tweet, which was posted in February 2009, was written as: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010”
For people who can’t understand this — it simply means Google’s famous “I’m feeling lucky” button.
4. Google has “Nooglers”
Inside the Google company, the staffers are commonly called as “Googler,” while new team members are referred to as a “Noogler.” Nooglers are required to wear a colorful beanie with a spinner on top. But according to a former employee, those hats were already unusual in some companies, so Google then announced: “Every Noogler gets a yellow smiley balloon and a nameplate.”
5. Google is a Dog-Friendly Company
Google loves dogs! In fact, they allow less senior staff to bring their pet dogs inside the office. The company’s first-ever dog in 1999 was a Leoberger’s breed named Yoshka. Yoshka accompanies Urs Holzle, the senior VP operations and Google Fellow, into the Googleplex.
However, the company stated that cats are not welcome in their office. In Google’s Code of Conduct, they have pointed out: “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”
6. The Google Logo Was Not Centered Until 2001
Google’s famous homepage logo wasn’t actually centered until March 31, 2001. It had a bias to the left-hand side. And as early users could remember, Google also uses Yahoo-style exclamation mark way back in 1998.
7. Google Has a Dinosaur
One of the wonderful things that can be seen at Googleplex is the huge skeleton of a T-Rex dinosaur, nicknamed as “Stan”. Apart from Stan, there are also other unique campus decorations, including a scale replica of the SpaceShipOne, Android-themed models, pink flamingos, a large LEGO man, and Google-colored phone boxes and grown-up size ball pits.