Google’s “I’m Feeling Curious” Hidden Feature

Armando Tellez, Staff Writer

Have you ever had the urge to learn something new during the day? If the answer to this is yes, you’re in luck. Google has a built in feature that provides randomly selected facts from all over the internet to people. All you have to do is type “I’m feeling curious” in Google’s search bar, and you will be directed to a search page with a text box that provides fun facts whenever you click on its “Ask another question” blue bar. I tried the feature and compiled some of the results into the short list that follows:

  1. Which country is referred to as Down Under?
    The term Down Under is a colloquialism which is variously construed to refer to Australia and New Zealand, or to Australia or New Zealand alone. The term comes from the fact that the countries are in the Southern Hemisphere, ‘below’ many other countries on the globe.
  2. How did the killer whale get its name?
    Because of their fierce reputation, orcas are sometimes called the Ballena asesina (“assassin whale”) by the Spanish. They were referred to as “whale killers” by sailors who witnessed their attacks on larger cetaceans, and over time this name was changed to “killer whales.”
  3. Why do lakes freeze from the top down rather than the bottom up?
    The reason why ice forms on the top of lakes and ponds is that once water cools below 39 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes lighter and less dense the more it cools. This means that water expands as it freezes into ice. As a result, ice takes up more room than the water it was made from.
  4. Can you be color blind in one eye?
    The genetic types of color blindness that are more common in males cannot occur in one eye. However a congenital or acquired disorder of the optic nerve and/or macula can decrease the color vision in one eye if the problem is present in only one eye.
  5. What name is given to a group of kangaroos?Kangaroos are often colloquially referred to as “roos.” Male kangaroos are called bucks, boomers, jacks, or old men; females are does, flyers, or jills, and the young ones are joeys. The collective noun for kangaroos is a mob, troop, or court.