The search engine which was developed by two students in a garage 19 years ago, has now become world’s most used and most popular search engine, ever! Today Google became 19-year-old and is celebrating its birthday with 19 fun Doodle games, let’s play.

In 1997 Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, met at Stanford University and decided to come up with a system to organise the world’s information. Setting up office in a garage they got to work and today, the search engine has 4.5 billion users in 160 countries in 123 languages worldwide. Fun fact, the name ‘Google’, it is interesting to know, is named after the number “Googol”, which is basically the number 1 followed by a hundred zeroes! Since we are talking about interesting, there is a fun story behind Google Doodle itself. It is said that in 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin drew a stick figure behind the second ‘O’ of Google. This meant to signify that they were not in office and were in the Burning Man festival instead. They decided that this could be an interesting way to mark cultural moments and Google users found this to be interesting as well. Thus, the Google Doodle was born.

To celebrate its birthday, Google has come up with a fun search spinner Google Doodle that will link to 19 most memorable games that the search engine has launched over the years. Spin the wheel to play interactive browser games from the past 19 years, like a musical puzzle game celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday, or this adorable Magic Cat Academy Halloween game from 2016. Google has also added a brand-new Snake game to its Search Funbox, which is one of the 19 wheel surprises among other search result games like tic-tac-toe, and an Earth Day quiz. You can play it anytime by searching “snake game,” or just search “Google birthday surprise spinner” to give the wheel a spin and try out the other Doodle games.

The wheel also includes the 2010 Pac Man browser game, which time management software company RescueTime famously alleged cost the economy $120 million and 4.8 million hours of lost productivity. For the sake of humouring more bad math, I’m going to go ahead and guesstimate that $120 million x 19 games means $2.3 billion of productivity will be lost today. Have fun!

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