Fri 7 Jan 2011
In Starbucks Siren, I opined that a googol is a big number.
A googol is actually a mighty big number.
Any guesses out there how many zeros are in a googol? 10, 100, 10,000?
For those of you that chose 100, pat yourselves on the back! A googol is the number 10 to the 100th power:
So, Google, the search engine gurus, created an intentional homophone of this mega number, coined by a 9-year-old Milton Sirotta in 1938, as the name of their search engine. Milton’s uncle, mathematician Edward Kasner, made hay with young Milton’s concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination. Even the book title itself mainstreams the fancy of any one who googles as a verb. Google made its own hayday with young Milton’s term. They fractured its spelling to Google and began to sell their promise of a googol of ready hits on any topic you could want to search and have become their own irrefutable icon in the tech community.
So, a couple nights ago I was swapping sass with a new reader, Sara, and suggested in a comment that Google was delicious enough to have its own ice-cream flavor. She insisted that I patent the idea immediately. In the in-between, the fam and I have formulated a couple of possible recipes and seek your opinion.
Just what googol of yummies should be in iGoogle Ice-cream?
Please note we’ve been design intentional… two Os make us reach for things round, and a time or two we went clever (Google can be a life saver with research, thus Life Saver Gummies…)
BTW, I know you’re out there and reading. I can hear you breathing. This time the question is neither rhetorical nor esoteric. Let’s hear your voice or ideas. One voice, one vote.
I plan to tabulate your responses, research patents, and plot a pitch to Google!
iGoogle Ice-cream i: Vanilla bean ice-cream, Life Saver Gummies, mini-chocolate chips.
iGoogle Ice-cream ii: Chocolate ice-cream, Fruit Loops, coconut.
iGoogle Ice-cream iii: Mocha ice-cream, yogurt covered almonds, toffee chips
iGoogle Ice-cream iv: Cherry ice-cream, milk-chocolate covered cherries, white chocolate chunks.
iGoogle Ice-cream v: Vanilla ice-cream, pretzel rings, brownie-batter ripple
iGoogle Ice-cream vi: Coconut ice-cream, graham cracker, dark-chocolate covered peanuts
iGoogle Ice-cream vii: Caramel ice-cream, macadamia nuts, hot fugue ripple
iGoogle Ice-cream viii: Chocolate ice-cream, Oreos, Nilla wafers, chocolate-chip cookie dough
Raise your hand if you can tell I gave up ice-cream as part of my back-to-fitness New Year’s regimen!
I think I slobbered all over the keyboard.
Excuse me, I need a napkin.
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
and drool on my chin!