There are relatively few of us who can state confidently that on our 12th birthday we enjoyed the company of around 2 billion people coming to visit. Since that works out at over 23,000 visitors every second for 24 hours it certainly doesn't leave an awful lot of time for party games, opening presents or enjoying a slice of birthday cake.
But on September 4th, 1998, two previously unheard of men decided to set up a new search engine called Google. You probably heard of it. Today Google celebrates their 12th birthday, and it is hard to imagine or even remember an internet without Google. Statistically there's a very high chance that you have reached this blog and our website thanks largely to Google, and many of us owe a debt of thanks to the gargantuan online engine.
But since it is the weekend, we're always looking for any excuse for a party. So this Saturday night why not celebrate Google's 12 birthday? How you do this is entirely up to you, but perhaps you might choose to have a themed party where everybody has to dress up as nerds and geeks! You might hide the beer, forcing all of your guests to 'search' for it.
Or you may simply rustle up a barbecue, hand out plenty of beer, and then see how many of your guests at the end of the evening can correctly say "I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits," or "Rubber baby buggy bumpers," and other tongue twisters found easily thanks to Google! Just make sure that if you are going to attempt those tongue twisters the children are safely tucked up in bed. You might also see whether you can line up a selection of cocktails which matched the same colours as in the ubiquitous Google logo. Yes, all these ideas are simply excuses for a party. Is that a problem? Happy September 4th!