Google's new fun fact is an educational way to procrastinate

You can tell Google that you are feeling curious and it will present some interesting facts to help you while away some more of your time

Published Date
04 - Sep - 2015
| Last Updated
04 - Sep - 2015
 
Google’s new fun fact is an educational way to procrastinate

The masterminds at Google really know how to entertain users. 

Did you know, tapping on the dinosaur that appears in Google's Chrome browser when the internet isn’t working actually converts it into a fun, endless running obstacle game? Well, we stumbled upon it by accident, and it was a fun way of reducing our frustration when our internet connection decided to take a nap. Google has now introduced a fun fact tool, which may not be as fun as running, monochome dinosaurs jumping over cactus plants, but is an interesting, educational way to procrastinate, while sitting in front of your computer. 

Typing in the words "fun fact" or “I'm feeling curious” into Google will bring up a piece of trivia at the top of the search. Below the answer to the fun fact, there is a blue bar from where you can ask another question. Clicking on this will give you yet another piece of trivia, and this continues until you know enough to regurgitate an entire encyclopedia. When we typed, “I’m feeling curious,” here's what we got — "How fast can a submarine go?" Pretty fast, we assumed, but here's Google enlightening us with the truth — "U.S. nuclear-powered submarines can go faster than 25 knots (nautical miles per hour) underwater, which is approximately 29 miles per hour or 46 kilometers per hour." Not too fast, after all.

Now that we knew all about a submarine's racing abilities, we felt the need to know more. "Is an orca a shark or whale?" Sounds whale-ish, doesn't it? Here's the truth — "The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas."

Killer, we say.

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Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.