Studies show that nearly 1.17 billion people use the search engine Google to find information. Very few of those 1.17 billion people, yourself included, aren’t aware that Google is good for more than just looking up the nearest pizza place or finding a scholarly article for a research paper.
Google can actually perform a number of tricks that can be helpful or just plain fun to watch. In this article, you’ll learn about seven of them:
GOOGLE CAN CALCULATE YOUR TIP
Tipping is a great way to show your server that they did a great job and, if you’re terrible with numbers, you may find it difficult to calculate the tip on your own.
If you’re confused about how much to leave, you can simply do a Google search for “tip calculator. You just have to enter your bill total, the percent you’d like to leave, and the number of people who were served.
GOOGLE CAN ACT AS YOUR CALCULATOR
If you just need an old-fashioned calculator for some simple calculations, you can use Google for help. Well, you can actually do more than simple calculations. Search “calculator” and you will have access to a calculator that can do simple addition and subtraction, but also includes sin, cos, and tan functions as well.
GOOGLE CAN TRACK YOUR PACKAGES
You’ve likely ordered packages online without noting the carrier that will be dropping your package off. If you have access to the tracking number, you can actually paste the number into the Google search bar to see where it is and when it is expected to arrive.
GOOGLE CAN HELP YOU SEARCH A SPECIFIC WEBSITE
If you’re having trouble finding that blog post you wanted to show your friend, Google has a way to help.
Type a word that you know was included in the title or text of the blog, add a space, and type “site: [insertwebsitetitle].com” and click search. The article or blog post will pop up. This is a great way to find statistics for papers and other work. It also works on .gov, .edu, and .org endings as well as others.
GOOGLE DOES ENTERTAINING TRICKS
If you’re feeling bored, it’s a good time to head to Google.
To begin, type “do a barrel roll” into the search bar and press enter to see your Google search screen rotate. You can also search “Google gravity” and, when you press the “I’m Feeling Lucky” search option, your screen will fall. You can actually pick up pieces of the search engine and move them around with your mouse.
GOOGLE CAN MAP OUT YOUR FLIGHT
Type in your flight number to get a full schedule of your flight and to see the distance you’ll be flying.
GOOGLE KNOWS NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND OBSERVANCES
If you’re curious to know what day a certain holiday falls on, you can Google the holiday and learn the date of it this year. You can also Google national observances to find out what day they will be celebrated in the current year.