If you've checked the Google homepage today, then you know what to say: Happy 14th birthday, Google!
The giant search engine was founded by Stanford classmates Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September of 1998. The two named their project "Google," which is a play on the word "googol," or the "mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros," per the company's About page.
Mashable credits September 4 as the day Page and Brin officially filed for incorporation, while The Washington Post notes that Google used to celebrate its birthday on September 7 (the day the company was actually incorporated). Either way, in recent years the festivities have officially moved to September 27.
This isn't the first time Google has celebrated its inception with a doodle. While today's is modeled after a chocolate cake with rainbow-colored candles, other images have included cupcakes, a piñata and even an awesome, retro claymation birthday scene in 2011. To see the complete collection of Google Doodles, click here.
So how is the corporation celebrating? Earlier this week, Google posted on the company blog its plans for the big 14:
To celebrate both our birthday and the spirit of entrepreneurship that’s helped get us where we are today, we are hosting our first annual Google for Entrepreneurs Week, which will bring together more than 3,000 entrepreneurs and Googlers around the world.
This program is currently taking place in 28 cities across the world and is scheduled through September 29. For a complete list of events, check out the Google for Entrepreneurs page (here).
We at HuffPost Tech are honoring Google's birthday by naming all the things we don't know how to do anymore (or don't have to do) because we've got Google to do it for us. From performing simple math equations to looking up movie times, Google has made our lives easier at the same time that it's made us lazier and more dependent on its services. Cheers, Google! Perhaps in another 14 years you'll be able to make our toasts for us!
What are some of the things you can no longer do without Google? In the comments, tell us how dependent you are on the search engine. Then, check out our gallery (below) of 13 things we can't do without Google.