Do you like trivia, even if you don’t know any of the answers? Most people would likely not, but what if looking up the answers was part of the fun? A Google a Day is a new website from Google that answers a new and very specific trivia question each day. The questions are often so specific that they wouldn’t even show up on Jeopardy, but there aren’t any rules to the trivia game either (or prizes for that matter).
For example, the question asked on April 10th was:
How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?
To solve this you’d have to know where the 10118 area code is, which some might know that it’s in New York, NY. And some might even know that it’s a very famous building that happens to be over 1,200 feet tall. But, not many people may know the conversion between cubits and feet.
The beauty of it, is that regardless of what you know, at any point you can use Google to come up with the answer. The question is designed to be specific enough that even someone knowledgeable might lose if matched up against someone who has advanced Google searching skills, aka Google-fu (Google + Kungfu).
Once you think you have an answer, you can click a button at the bottom that says “Show answer” to confirm. Google will not only reveal to you the solution to the trivia question, but also the optimal search terms that you could have entered in order to find the answer in the most efficient manner.
If you use Google’s regular website to find the answers there is a good chance you’ll run into tweets, websites, or real-time updates that could spoil them. To avoid this, Google filtered out results that contain trivia spoilers from showing up in their aGoogleaday.com search window.
A Google a Day trivia will also be printed in the New York Times on weekdays for those who’d prefer it on paper. It will be located near the crossword puzzles.
Are your fingers ready? There’s currently 5 trivia questions available on http://agoogleaday.com/ and a new one will be added every day!