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Where the Foogle?

Where the Foogle?

By Crimson Crater

You can find just about anything on Google. Your teachers’ holiday snaps, the phone number for the nearest Venusian takeaway, pictures of bunnies with pancakes on their heads… You can search for news, images, maps, blogs, financial advice and even – thanks to Google Earth - your house.

But not content with a multi-million pound business and outstripping all contenders to its throne as king of the search engines by about a googol more clicks, creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin have added yet another string to Google’s bow.

Google's latest addition - Where the Foogle
Google's new search facility will mean an end to lost passports and keys.
From next week, there will be no more “Honey, do you remember where I put my…” - Google have sorted it. Their new WhereTheFoogleTM feature enables registered users to find lost property.

By inputting detailed information about their house and workplace along with a description of the lost item, WhereTheFoogle utilises a complex algorithm that calculates where you were most likely to have left it.

This facility has the pleasing effect of producing a single result on almost every occasion – highly entertaining for Googlewhackers. Unless of course, the searcher is too vague in his or her description.

For example, “small”, “dark” and “round” used in combination could yield the location of your misplaced chocolate chip muffin, or alternatively, of Danny DeVito, if of course, he happened to be hiding out in your back garden.

Page was modest when asked to comment on what may be considered his finest achievement to date “Pah! That’ll show Yahoo!”.

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