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Google marks special occasions with a redesigned iteration of its logo on its search home page called doodle. Over the years, they have acquired a following of their own and are widely lauded for their creativity. However, not many know how that first doodle was not a result of an innovation. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had gone to attend the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada and left a drawing in honour of the event to let users know of their absence in case of a server breakdown.


In 1998, Craig Silverstein, another computer science graduate from Stanford, became the first employee of Google. A year later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited their first non-engineering employee – Omid Kordestani for sales.


Google main page is so sparse because Sergey Brin and Larry Page didn't know HTML. For a long time you could only search by hitting the return key – it didn't even have a submit button.


Google uses reCAPTCHA to teach computers how to read text. With 200,000 million CAPTCHAs solved each day, Google's computers learn how to identify words scanned from books even if they're warped.


Originally meant to be called "Googol," investors spelled it "Google" on a check and it stuck.


Galois died in Paris in 1832 at age 20, shot in a duel over a woman. Anticipating his loss, he spent his last night frantically making corrections and additions to his math papers.


You know how 32 + 42 = 52? Fermat claimed that there are no numbers that fit the pattern (an + bn = cn) when they are raised to a power higher than 2.


Russell was using a mathematical argument to test the outer limits of logic (and sanity).


The great 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss called his field “the queen of sciences.”


Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man.


Fingerprints serve a function - they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.


Sound travels through air at 331 meters per second (about 740 mph). But, at 20ºC, room temperature, sound travels at 343 meters per second (767 mph).


40 to 50 percent of body heat can be lost through the head (no hat) as a result of its extensive circulatory network.


There are roughly 4,000 known minerals, although only about 200 are of major importance.


Approximately 50-100 new minerals are described each year.


The Skylab astronauts grew 1.5 - 2.25 inches (3.8 - 5.7 centimeters) due to spinal lengthening and straightening as a result of zero gravity.


When hydrogen burns in the air, water is formed.


Ice is a mineral and is formally described as such in Dana's System of Mineralogy.


Laika (dog) became the world's first space traveler. Russian scientists sent the small animal aloft in an artificial earth satellite in 1957.


After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.

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