Google isn't the same little search engine you remember. It's now part of Alphabet, a new conglomerate started by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In honor of this coming-of-age, we're paying homage to Google's history with a few fun facts about the company:
1. Google officially prefers dogs over cats
The company's love of dogs is written into its corporate code of conduct: "Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out."
2. The first Google Doodle was an "out of office" message while Page and Brin went to Burning Man
On August 30, 1998, Brin and Page placed the Burning Man stick figure on Google's logo to let everyone know they'd be attending the notoriously raucous music festival. Eventually these doodles became a tradition used to celebrate different holidays and events. There have been more than 2,000 doodles over the years.
3.Google once went down for a few minutes and wrecked the Internet
Google experienced a 2-minute outage in August 2013, and it caused Internet page views to plummet 40 percent. Now THAT'S power.
4. Google was founded in YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's garage
Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google in Susan Wojcicki's garage in 1998. Wojcicki eventually became a Google executive before becoming the CEO of YouTube in 2014. It's always nice to get in on the ground floor!
5. A python once got loose in Google's New York offices
A Google employee's ball python escaped in the NYC office on April 1, 2007. Since it was April Fools' Day, many people thought it was a prank. Unfortunately, it wasn't. The python was eventually caught and returned to its owner.
6. As of 2009, Google has used goats to mow its lawn
In 2009, Google announced that it had started renting goats to graze on its lawn instead of using lawn mowers. This way is more environmentally friendly and definitely cuter.
7. Steve Jobs once called up a Google exec to complain about the color of the second "o" in Google
Jobs called up Google's Vic Gundotra in 2008 to tell him that the second "o" in the Google logo wasn't the right shade of yellow. "I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?" Jobs told Gundotra, according to a post Gundotra published on Google+. Gundotra said that was absolutely OK with him.