Google is a spelling mistake.
A googolplex is a very…very large number.
In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote a search engine for the world wide web. They called it Backrub. Larry’s office was in room 360 in the B Wing of the Gates Computer Science Building on the Stanford Campus. Larry and his colleagues were brain storming names for a new search engine. Sean Anderson suggested using Googolplex. Inferring the vast data base of the Internet. Larry shortened it to Googol. He liked it but wasn’t a world-class speller. He searched the Domain Registry to see if Google.com was available. Google.com was registered to Larry and Sergey on September 15, 1997.
[ed. note: Thanks to Jamie who inspired me to sort fact from fiction about Google. The Urban Legend of a misspelled bank check is a bunch of whooey]
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