Google isn't the same little search engine you remember. It's now part of Alphabet, a new conglomerate started by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In honor of this coming-of-age, we're paying homage to Google's history with a few fun facts about the company:
The company's love of dogs is written into its corporate code of conduct: "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."
On August 30, 1998, Brin and Page placed the Burning Man stick figure on Google's logo to let everyone know
they'd be attending the notoriously raucous music festival. Eventually these doodles became a tradition used to celebrate different holidays and events. There have been more than 2,000 doodles over the years.
Google experienced a 2-minute outage
in August 2013, and it caused Internet page views to plummet 40 percent. Now THAT'S power.
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A Google employee's ball python escaped
in the NYC office on April 1, 2007. Since it was April Fools' Day, many people thought it was a prank. Unfortunately, it wasn't. The python was eventually caught and returned to its owner.
In 2009, Google announced that it had started renting goats to graze on its lawn
instead of using lawn mowers. This way is more environmentally friendly and definitely cuter.
Jobs called up Google's Vic Gundotra in 2008 to tell him that the second "o" in the Google logo wasn't the right shade of yellow."I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?" Jobs told Gundotra, according to a post Gundotra published on Google+
. Gundotra said that was absolutely OK with him.
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The home where Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented the garage 8 years ago to set up Google is seen October 2, 2006 in Menlo Park, California. Reportedly, Google purchased the 1,900 square foot house where they used to rent out the garage from Susan Wojcicki for $1,700 a month.