Happy Birthday, Google: Some Fun Facts About the Company You Didn’t Know

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Today is the 21st birthday of Google. It was the day when it was launched by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. To mark the occasion, we have come up with some lesser know fun facts about the company:

28 Words:

Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page still prefer to keep homepage simple and it shouldn’t exceed 28 words.

Google Loves Dogs:

Google backs bringing dogs to work and a “company dog” called Yoshka. Yoshka escorts Urs Holzle, senior VP operations and Google Fellow to the Googleplex.

Google Loves Food:

Founders said that no Googler should ever be more than 100 feet from a micro-kitchen with snacks and food.

Google Loves Goats:

Google rents goats from a company called California Grazing for mowing its lawn and other weeds at Google HQ. The operation of 200 goats good for the environment, and according to Google, it is “A lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.”

Google Loves Star Wars:

The Google homepage can also be viewed in the language of Klingon (from Star Trek), in case the aliens attack the world and need Google to navigate through the situation at https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-klingon

Google Loves Dinosaurs, LEGO, Flamingos, and Everything:

At Google HQ there is a T-Rex skeleton – nicknamed “Stan” after a “real” dinosaur. There is also a to the scale replica of the SpaceShipOne, Android-themed models, pink flamingos, a large LEGO man, Google-coloured phone boxes and grown-up size ball pits.

Google launched Gmail on April Fool’s day, No kidding!

Google officially launched Gmail, its mail client on April 1, 2004, and many people thought it to be a prank from the company.

First Tweet:

Google’s first ever Tweet in February 2009 was: “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” In binary, it means: “I’m feeling lucky.”

I am feeling Lucky:

“I am feeling Lucky” button is rarely used by users but a survey shows that users like to have this button on the homepage.

The First Google Doodle:

The first Google doodle was a Burning Man symbol. Founders went to the Burning Man festival in 1998 and added the doodle to let users know they were away from the office that weekend.

elgooG, The Backward Search:

Google is written backward as elgooG, you know you could search backward too at https://elgoog.im

Google’s Original name was BackRub

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working together on a “Web crawler” back in 1996, the project was originally known as “BackRub.”

When is my birthday???

Last, but not the least, Google is always so confused about its own birthday. Funny isn’t it 😀

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