Google Commemoration

Today’s world is a very different place because of inventions that reshape society. One of the most impactful inventions for Americans and international students the world over is none other than Google. Google provides many answers to many people as well as resources for Hancock International College every day. So today, rightfully so, we celebrate this amazing website! says, “Was there really a time before Google? It’s hard to fathom an age when phone books, encyclopedias and local librarians helped us with our searches. But ever since Google launched with the mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” we need travel no further than the blue search box on our computer screen and type our query – 0.25 seconds later, the great oracle replies. More often than not, rather profusely…Although the domain name was registered on Sept. 15, 1997, and the company incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998, the default day to commemorate the site has become Sept. 7 …Google facts you might not know…

…There are more than 1 billion searches each day on Google.

…Since 2003, Google has replied to 450 billion new unique queries — searches they have never seen before.

…Every query has to travel on average 1,500 miles to get the answer back to the user.

…Google’s first tweet: I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010. “I’m feeling lucky” in binary code may very well go down in history along with Morse’s first telegraph and Bell’s first phone call.

…Google rents goats to graze the lawn at headquarters instead of using mechanical mowers. The company get its goats from a company called California Grazing, an operation that involves 200 goats plus a herder and a border collie.

…You can read the complete texts of public domain books (like ‘Moby Dick’!) for free by selecting “books” in the left box of your search results.

…It’s been noted that, like some of the world’s best inventions, the name ‘Google’ was an accident, the result of a spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for Googol — the digit 1 followed by 100 zeros. Apparently, they weren’t able to google it.”

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Idiom of the Day

Search me

Meaning: Infers, “I do not know.” It refers to the idea that you can search my clothing and my person, but you won’t find the answer to your question anywhere near me.

Example: John: What kind of paint should I use on this fence? Dave: Search me.