Goog.le, anyone?

The world’s most traveled domain name, Google.com, reportedly appeared as “available” last September in a query of the Google Domains interface, where a former Google employee snapped it up. The transaction was canceled after what the Boston Globe called “one glorious minute,” with a refund of the $12 charged to the former employee’s credit card for the domain.

Google rewarded its former employee $6,006.13 for finding the glitch and reporting the incident, later explaining that the amount spelled “Google” numerically (“squint a little and you’ll see it!”).

G O O G L E
6 0 0 6 1 3

See it now? Hint: Flip the “3” card over, and you have the Greek letter epsilon (ε). Not sure how the decimal fits in. After all, the domain name is Google.com, not Goog.le.* Google doubled the $6,006.13 amount when its former employee donated his reward to charity. And for a one-minute online investment of twelve dollars, $12,012 is a pretty amazing return!

Kudos to the “one-minute investor,” an MBA student at Babson College near Boston hailing from Mandvi, India, for giving back. According to his blog: “I have chosen that the donation be made towards the Art of Living [India’s] education program which runs 404 free schools across 18 states of India, providing free education to more than 39,200 children in the slum, tribal and rural belts where child labor and poverty are widespread. The schools nurture the complete child, including body, mind and spirit.”

*Google does utilize the domain hack Goo.gl, formed by combining “Goo” with the “gl” country code top level domain for Greenland, but as there is, at this writing, no valid “le” TLD, you won’t be seeing Goog.le for a while.

 

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