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The long-awaited return of Superman to theaters is fast approaching. Man of Steel, the franchise's ambitious reboot, is set to premiere on June 14, and the latest trailer suggests it will be a surefire hit.
Maybe to help dispel the wacky notion that geeks are boring, or maybe to prove that Search isn’t all work and no play and Sergei and Larry are by no means dull boys, Google every-once-in-a-Google-Moon leavens their spam-fighting and user experience-enhancing with some honest-to-goodness, good clean Fun Google Tricks.
You probably know a few of these memes already — passed around the intarwebz ad infinitum as they often are — those quirky little tricks and pranks you never thought you’d see from such a serious search engine. Occasionally, we searchers stumble upon some quietly placed “Google Easter Egg,” or sometimes Google’s PR peeps publicize some brand spanking new Fun Google trick that spices up the user experience as much as it enhances it. Whichever it is, these Google Tricks are fun darnit, so have fun with them.
Meme junkies and time-wasters that we are here at Google Tricks, we’ve had our fair share of good times. And because we’re not greedy, and because we like to organize as a way to procrastinate, we’ve done the heavy lifting of gathering what we consider to be the Top 25 Fun Google tricks right here in one glorious and easy-to-read location on this page. If you like the cut of our jib, perhaps you’d be so kind as to like us on the you-know-what-book, or add a one to our G+ thingie. We’d be so happy and thankful if you did.
1. Google Gravity
Quite simply, this is Earth-bound physics “infused” into Google’s interface: with “gravity,” the visual elements you commonly find on the interface, such as the search bar, the “I’m feeing lucky” button, and everything else fall down like a stack of bricks on the bottom of the browser. You can even “pick up” and “throw” the search results at the “walls” or just simply mess with them. This is no longer implemented on Google, but you can still see how it worked through the link below.
2. Let me Google that for you
LMGTFY or Let Me Google That for You is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek service made for those of us who are too lazy to use Google. Upon entering a search query, instead of results, you get a link that you can then mail to your lazy recipient.
Clicking on the link launches the actual search: thus, in this perigrinatory manner, you have Googled it for them. All they have to do is click the link. A beautiful example of technology making things more complicated for us.
3. Google Chuck Norris
There was a time when the internet raged with all imaginable Chuck Norris jokes. So naturally, Google itself dipped its hand in the meme with the Chuck Norris Google Trick. Search “Chuck Norris,” and Google returns a familiar Chuck Norris joke: “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.”
4. God on Google Earth
Sometime in 2010, people around the world went “God crazy” when Google Earth supposedly had taken a “snapshot” of “divine beings” while crossing a mountain zone in Switzerland. There’s no definite answer, of course, but the buzz it created was testament to how the entire online community could get excited over a blurry photo, like they do with pictures of cats.
"Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one." So began the "letter from the founders" penned by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in the company's securities registration form in 2004. Despite ever-increasing commercial success since that date, Brin and Page have kept to their word.
Google is an unconventional company with a huge stake in our online lives. It is a source of fascination for many, including us, but what really happens in the Googleplex? And what cool factoids and stats exist from the company's relatively short past?
Here we bring you 10 fun facts about Google to quench our own thirst for Google knowledge as well as hopefully offer you a distracting diversion from your daily life.
Google's famous homepage "Doodles" (the changing Google logo graphics) are well known and enjoyed by millions around the world as a way to mark an event or anniversary. But did you know that the very first Google Doodle was designed as a kind of "out of office" message?
In 1998 Brin and Page took the weekend off to go the Burning Man festival in Nevada. The Burning Man doodle (shown above), was designed by the Google guys and added to the homepage to let their users know they were out of office and couldn't fix technical issues like a server crash.
While the initial price for Google's stock at its Initial Public Offering in August 2004 is an interesting stat in itself, there's more to the story. The opening price for Google's stock was $85 per share. At the time of writing, the stock price was $483 but has soared as high as $600 in the past year, making GOOG a rather nice investment for many.
A bonus factoid from Google's IPO process is the value Google stated it hoped to raise on its S-1 form — as much as $2,718,281,828. It may just look like a string of numbers to non-mathletes, but 2,718,281,828 is actually the first ten digits of the mathematical constant ""e"," showing that even as their company was planning to go public, the Google guys could still geek out with a bit of numerical humor.
As proud hosts to Google back when it was still a research project, and known as "BackRub," here Stanford now showcases the
The Face Of Por.n Stars
The face of porn... without make-up: Adult movie stars brave the camera with shiny skin and pimples - before their incredible transformations
An award-winning make-up artist has revealed what porn stars really look like under their daily mask of foundation, mascara, and eyeliner.
Melissa 'Makeup' Murphy released before and after photos of 93 porn stars to showcase her body of work.
They reveal the adult movie performers' blotchy skin, oily foreheads, untamed hair and pale complexions - to the shock of some men and praise of many women.
With her trusty cosmetics, Brend Moreno (pictured) is unrecognizable
Unmasked: Adult movie performers including Chanel Preston bravely posed before they applied their war paint
Transformation: One woman, who goes by the stage name Darryl Hanah, looks relatively ordinary before her make-up - but once it has been applied, she looks every inch the porn star
The porn stars, of varying degrees of fame, have focused on the 'after' images on their own social media accounts, rather than drawing attention to the 'before'.
'A lot of people look at porn stars and assume they are constantly in eyeliner and a push-up bra'
Cassandra Nix tweeted to Ms Murphy: 'Thanks for making me all pretty,' while Dani Daniels wrote: '@XmelissamakeupX you made me puuuurdy! :) thank you!'
Some thoughtful comments have suggested that seeing porn stars, 'who are often objectified and dehumanized,' without their heavy make-up is an easy and effective way to humanize them.
Unrecognizable: Jessica Mor's is one of the most extraordinary makeovers. Like many women, she has an uneven skin tone which looks particularly raw around the mouth - but with make-up she look sensational
Adding a few years: In Eva Notty's case, she looks very young before make-up (left), but with dark liner, lashes and a pale slick of lipstick, she seems much older (right)
From bare-faced to bombshell: It is difficult to associate the pre-make-up Bridgette B (left) with the babydoll looks of the post-make-up version (right)
'A lot of people look at porn stars and assume they are in a constant state of eyeliner and push-up bra, that they were born that way as the "lucky women" and that they couldn't possibly look like - or be - someone's sister or mom,' one woman named Annie wrote on the community web blog MetaFilter.
'Also, a lot of guys seem to go around thinking there's this big difference between "average" women and the Super Hot, which in a lot of cases is more about dedication than genes (makeup, clothing, breast enhancements).
'I think it's always better when we realize that Hot People are actually dimensional people with identities and relationships, which to me is the difference between finding someone attractive/sexy and truly objectifying them.'
Scroll on for more of Melissa Murphy's before and after photos...
Getting camera-ready: A step-by-step shows how Allie Haze morphs from ordinary girl into porn star
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