Technology in pop culture and geek trivia

In the last week or so, I’ve seen a few of our favorite geek topics appear in pop culture. Twitter provided key clues in CSI. The Simpsons finally got Tivo. Doonesbury featured Pandora.

Tuesday’s Jeopardy! had as the Final Jeopardy! clue:

This company’s name is a variation on a word coined by Milton Sirotta & used in the book “Mathematics and the Imagination”

Answer after the video.

Jeopardy! answer: What is Google?

Google is a variant of googol, which is the number 1 with a hundred zeros after it. Larry Page was in my high school class and was fascinated with googol even back then.

Two of the three Jeopardy! contestants got it right. The other answered Yahoo!

Yahoo, by the way, originally stood for Yet Another Hierarchically Officious Oracle.

Bonus question: What is the name of the first search engine developed by Larry and Sergey?

(Bonus question courtesy of Adam Lasnik.)

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is CEO of redesign | mobile. Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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