15 Fascinating Facts About Google
By now, much of Google's story has become the stuff of legend—starting with its name: The Mountain View, Calif.-based company's name is an accident, a misspelling of the word "googol," which is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The firm grew out of a research project in Stanford University and officially launched in a Menlo Park, Calif., garage. Its many employee perks include on-site medical care, abundant table tennis/foosball tables, "sleep pods," free lunches, and kitchens stocked with fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese and bottled drinks. Having recently turned 15 years old, Google has grown beyond its charmed and even idealistic beginnings (with "Don't be evil" as its unofficial slogan) to emerge as one of the most dominant technology corporations on the planet. It commands more than $50 billion in annual revenue, and its subsidiaries include AdMob, DoubleClick, Motorola Mobility, Zagat and YouTube. With this in mind, we offer the following 15 fascinating facts about Google. The list covers everything from the company's global reach to the founders' wealth and passions to the beloved "Google Doodles" that have so endearingly captured the essence of the world's culture and history.