What's the origin of the word 'Google'?
It has always been claimed that the software company Google is named 'Google' after the mathematical term 'Googol', meaning the number 10100, i.e. a 1 followed by 100 zeros. But I think I may have found a more literary origin:
That's an extract from a children's book written in 1943, by a very famous children's writer. I'm not going to tell you who it is, yet . But here's another extract from later in the same chapter. Can you guess who it is?
'Well, come back and have tea with us,' said Moon-Face. 'Silky's got some Pop Cakes - and I've made some Google Buns.'
They came to the swimming pool - but there was no water
in it. 'Get in and swim,' said the policeman.
'There's no water,' said Rick. 'Don't be silly.'
And then, very suddenly, all the policemen began to cry - and in no time the swimming pool was full of their tears!
'This sort of thing makes me feel funny,' said Joe. 'I don't want to swim in tears. Quick, everyone - push the policemen into the pool!'
And in half a second all the policemen were kicking feebly in the pool of tears. As the children watched they changed into blue fishes and swam away, flicking their tails.
Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad. - George Bernard Shaw