Geek Trivia

Which Popular Web Site’s Name Is The Result Of A Misspelling?

A "Barn" Is A Unit Of Measurement Used In What?

Answer: Google

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page sat down to register the name and domain of their young search engine, they wanted a name that invoked a sense of the magnitude of information their search engine indexed. What better word than googol–a mathematical term that stands in for 10 to the hundredth power, or 10,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000,­000.

If Googol was what they were going for then how did we end up with Google instead? While Brin and Page might be brilliant computer scientists, they’re terrible spellers.