Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Some trivia

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The search engine that was to become Google was originally nicknamed "BackRub", because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventuallythe name was changed to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information. 

Originally, Google ran under Stanford University's website, with the domains and The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998. It was based in a friend's garage in California. In May 2011, the number of monthly unique visitors to Google surpassed one billion for the first time, an 8.4 percent increase from May 2010 (931 million)

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You know these buttons on your computer:

Ever wondered why they use those symbols and why they don’t simply say On and Off?

Here's why:

  • The first two pics with the 1 and 0 to indicate power on and off are based on the binary system, with 1 standing for On and 0 for Off.
  • The symbol with the 1 inside the 0 is a toggle type switch that indicates that pressing the button will turn the device on and off.
  • This symbol with the 1 in the line of the 0 indicates that pressing it will go from on to standby, and vice versa.

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The Mexican Wave was seen at American football games from 1981 but did not achieve international recognition or its name until the 1986 World Cup in Mexico City. There is apparently no truth to the explanation that a person in the audience spilt hot enchiladas on his lap and on people sitting nearby.

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