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Three Ways to Have Fun With Google

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Some days, we all have a little too much time on our hands. We might be stuck at home on a rainy day and have nothing better to do. Other times, we could be withholding ourselves from finishing up our pending work and want a valid excuse to waste time. Thankfully, Google has come up with ways to allow for countless hours of browsing through interesting information. Listed below are some of the more fun ones that might keep you entertained for a while.



A fun thing to do at the next dinner party is googling someone’s name into the browser search of If you write out your name, Google will pull up hundreds of random facts about people named like you. You may find yourself laughing at the bizarre statements or agreeing with them. So for example, when you put in “Zahid is” with quotation marks in the search engine, you pull up things like:

zahid is 43
zahid is a grassroots leader who shoots from the hip with passion and conviction
zahid is another new lethal fast bowler from punjab thus keeping alive the province’s tradition of producing fast bowlers
zahid is a progressive department engaged in providing auditing and consulting services within the organization
zahid is one of 450 international soldiers who will study along with fort benning soldiers
zahid is the coordinator of moulvibazar
zahid is a member of the international association for educational assessment
zahid is concerned about the low demand for conversion to euros
zahid is going to offer a discount on his tractors
zahid is lashing out presumably because of his shaky position in umno youth given the upcoming party elections

As you can see, your and your friends can have a lot of fun with this. When you search for yourself, it is called ‘Egogoogling’. Next time you meet a cute girl at the bar, try googling her. You never know what you may find out about a stranger.

2. The Google Snake Game


Another game that will keep guests entertained is the Snake Game. Since Google is pretty much the mastermind for all search-related queries, it’s fun to test out just how far it can go. The snake game is like an ongoing trail that you add on to. You can create a point system as well, so the game can get a little competitive. The goal is to get the longest searchable phrase. So for example:

Player 1 says: Feelings (61,200,000 results)
Player 2 says: Feelings are (58,400,000 results)
Player 3 says: Feelings are nothing (33,000,000 results)
Player 4 says: Feelings are nothing but (16,000,000 results)
Player 5 says: Feelings are nothing but exaggerated (446,000 results)
Player 6 says: Feelings are nothing but exaggerated pretensions (64,400 results)
Player 7 says: Feelings are nothing but exaggerated pretensions because (71,300 results)

In this manner, you are able to keep the show going by adding words to the same sentence. Whoever creates a term which has 0 results, ends up getting a minus point. The person right before them, that had a few results, is now the one who wins a point. You can create the silliest of sentences and see that there are actually results for them.

3. The Google Image Quiz


The Google Image Quiz ( is an interesting game that can get quite addictive, but perfect to kill those spare hours. Every round displays about 15 images. You have to plug in the search words that you think were used to find these images on Google. It might be easy for some and difficult for others. Just one word of advice: much of the clues lie in the visuals as much as the labels on them. You have three chances to do so. Either you go for the specific product on show or make it generic. This strategy should work most of the time. Happy solving!

~Zahid Javali

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