Google Turns 14!

Oh the haunting years of adolescence. An awkward time for all no matter how much one will try to deny it.  Acne, high school drama, love song mixtape exchanges, and the occasional unexplainably weird body odor. When most people think of their teenage years, a plethora of memories flood the membrane. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Now, the infamous Google can join the club!

Yesterday, Google turned the big 14. It’s hard to believe that the most used search engine in the world has been around since the year The Waterboy made its debut in theatres. But what’s even harder to believe is that Google wasn’t always called by its well known name. One might wonder, what else would Google be called besides Google? You could probably contemplate on this for some time and not even come close to hitting the nail on the head. So, no more waiting. Drum roll please! Google was originally named…wait for it…BackRub. Yes, BackRub.  As the Time Techland article jokes, “Can you imagine if they kept the original name. ‘Let me back rub that real quick’.” …But really people, think about it. No doubt, keeping Google’s original name would’ve put our already technology-confused grandparents into a total mind bend.

Luckily, they were saved from being dropped into that black hole of confusion, and the name “Google” was born. The name came from “their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web.” So voilà, there you have it. So go forth and celebrate Google’s birthday in the most classic way possible and search away!

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