Google Search gets fun facts


This may surprise you (or not), but I am a total bore at parties. I usually don't speak much, and if I do, it is surely something that isn't interesting. Why is this? Well, I usually don't have anything to say, nor do I really care for banter. This is probably why I rarely get invited to parties!

Today, Google launches a new way for party-poopers like me to seem more interesting than they actually are. How? By sharing fun facts on various topics on the search engine. These interesting and enjoyable facts can be found when searching, and then used in conversation later. For example, Google shares that strawberries aren't actually berries -- I didn't know that, but now I do!

"Starting today on Google Search, you can find fun facts about living creatures from around the world, making you the most interesting person at the dinner party or the reigning champ at trivia. Head to Google, ask for a fun fact about something (think plants, animals, fruits and veggies), and ta-da! A trivia tidbit is delivered right at the top of your search results," says Satyajeet Salgar, Product Manager, Google.

Salgar further says, "For the animal lovers out there, fun facts might be man’s (new) best friend. It might surprise you to learn that dogs have three eyelids to help protect and keep their eyes from drying out. Or for the arachnophobes out there: The venom of the black widow spider is apparently 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake's. The animal kingdom is chock full of wild facts and even wilder beasts!"


While some may argue that these fun facts are nothing more than nonsense, I disagree. Look, these facts are interesting, and they can spark conversation among family or friends. Imagine sitting around the dinner table, sharing a meal, and all of a sudden there is an awkward silence. Rather than chew uncomfortably, you can pull out your phone, get a fun fact about hippos, and share it with the table! You will surely be popular at that meal.

What do you think of this neat new Google Search feature? Tell me in the comments.

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