1. Google is the most visited page on the internet!
Not only this, but the 5th most searched for thing on Google is…Google! Who uses google to search for google? Well, apparently a lot of people!
2. A google is a HUGE number
Google gets it’s name from a googol, which is a 1 with 100 zeroes! This is a googol: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 It’s also called a ten duotrigintillion – but we think googol sounds better.
3. Just Google it
As well as being a number, google is also a proper word. It’s been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb (that’s a doing word) that means to search for something online. I google, she googles, he googles, they google. Even Oxford professors google!
4. Google started in a garage
Before Google became a gigantic company worth a TRILLION dollars, their offices were in a garage! No huge banks of computers or fancy equipment, just two pals and a dog called Yoshka. In fact, they had so little money when they started that they kept their first computer in a LEGO box! This was where all of Google’s information was kept back then!
5. Google likes a laugh
There are lots of little hidden jokes on Google. Just try googling “do a barrel roll” and you’ll see!
6. Google is working with robots
Google wants to build a new type of learning robot and has a moonshot division called ‘X’ which aims to make this a reality.
7. Can you speak Klingon?
You can set your language in Google to almost any language – including made up ones! They have Klingon, Pig Latin, Pirate, and even Elmer Fudd!
8. Google have made a map of Mars
You know Google Maps, right? Well Google have even mapped the surface of Mars! You can take a look at the Red Planet at google.com/mars
9. There’a T-Rex at the Google Offices
That’s right, there’s a life-size model of a T-Rex skeleton at Google HQ in California. As well as looking cool, it’s also a reminder that no matter how big you are – you still might go extinct one day. Deep.
10. Their goats eat grass?
Instead of paying people to mow the grass, Google hires hundreds of goats to eat the grass around their company offices. They say it costs about the same amount of money, but looks much nicer than lawnmowers. No kidding!