A-Google-A-Day Is Google's New Scavenger-hunt Game
You can use A-Google-A-Day to help you to become a Google Search Engine genius.
Test Your Googling Skills Using A-Google-A-Day
Back in April of this year, with hardly any fanfare at all, Google launched A Google A Day. A Google A Day is a scavenger hunt type of game which poses questions that you are invited to try to answer using Google's search engine. It appears that the purpose of the game is to get people to familiarize themselves with some of the lesser utilized features of the Google search engine like the search engine's ability to translate languages, for instance. The questions are designed in such a way that you will not be able to answer them in one query. Instead, you'll usually have to use information you learn from your initial query to make another Google search and sometimes use that information to make yet another search.
The game asks questions like: "As a medieval king, would you have felt safer having your castle’s spiral staircase ascend clockwise or counterclockwise?" Hmm.. Here's a hint: Why do Americans drive on the right side of the road while most all of Europeans drive on the left side of the road? You could "Google" that and maybe find the answer.
Some of A Google A Day questions are easy to find the answer to using Google like this one: "How many miles from Earth is the star that's nearest to the sun?" You'll have to use a Google tool to translate light-years into miles but that's pretty straight forward. And some are a little less intuitive like this one: "You plan to visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the hotel concierge says, “Ferðina þína uppfyllir í anddyri.” Where’s he sending you?" If you answered Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland, you'd be wrong. If you use Google's translation tool you'll understand that you're being directed to the lobby of the hotel.
Here's an interesting thing about using A Google A Day. When you search for the answer to A Google A Day on Google's A Google A Day Website, you are searching Deja Google and not www.google.com. No, Deja Google is not the sensation you get when you realize you've just typed www.google.com in the address bar when you are already on Google. Deja Google is sort of a spoiler alert edition of the Google search engine. It's like a time machine that searches the Internet as it existed before the game began back in April of this year. Because you're searching Deja Google instead of regular Google while you are playing the A Google A Day game, you can't come across a webpage that will show you the answer to the puzzle before solving it for yourself.