Friday, November 13, 2009

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Googol was the answer to the million-pound question: "A number one followed by 100 zeros is known by what name?" on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? when Major Charles Ingram attempted to defraud the quiz show on 10 September 2001. The other options were a megatron, a gigabit or a nanomole.[6]
Googol is one of the 336 vocabulary words in the board game
Balderdash, and their definition on the back of the card is "The number one followed by 100 zeros."
In the January 23, 1963,
Peanuts strip, Lucy asks Schroeder what the chances are of them getting married, and Schroeder responds "Oh, I'd say about 'googol' to one."
In an episode of the animated series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, the "Gaminator" video games system is said to have a "3-googolhertz processor."
"A googolplex is precisely as far from infinity as is the number one." —
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
The company name
Google is a misspelling of the word "Googol" made by founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as described in the book The Google Story by David A. Vise.
Googol was a question in the
1995 film, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, when the two colleges were answering against each other. "What is a googol?" was the question. Norwood Gills answered with "One, followed by a hundred zeros".
Back to the Future III, Emmett Brown states that Clara was "One in a googolplex"
Steve Martin's comedy album Comedy Is Not Pretty!, Martin talks about buying a googolphonic stereo system (which he erroneously describes as having, "the highest number of speakers before infinity...") after not being satisfied with his stereophonic, quadraphonic, then dodecaphonic systems.
In an episode of
Samurai Jack, the shape-shifting master of darkness Aku puts a price on the noble samurai's head of 2 googolplex.
In a March
1976 comic book issue of Richie Rich (Vaults of Mystery #9), introduced a villain named "The Googol".
In 2002 the band Clutch released their album Live At The Googolplex.
Phineas & Ferb, Danville's main shopping center is the Googolplex Mall.

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