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Not sure if its ok to post things like this here, or if we have to keep it strictly to asking productive google questions, but I could've sworn they mentioned Google on Saturday Night Live's season premiere... I remember it being kinda funny, they fit it into a joke somehow, but i dont remember exactly what they said. Did anyone else see it? I remember being kinda amazed they mentioned google on SNL, hehe.
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The question said that "this" search engine was named for a large number and was founded by Larry and Sergey. None of the actual contestants got it right, I think they all said AltaVista.
I just checked my website for the info, this is what I wrote on November 15 2001: "yesterday was the semifinals of the College Championships on Jeopardy! and the answer to Final Jeopardy was Google (I got it right)"
This search engine, which was founded by Sergey and Larry, was given its name for having to do with its vastness.
or something like that. Seeing that AltaVista means "High View", it seemed like a slightly acceptable answer, if you weren't a WebmasterWorld geek.
However, there was more information in the above that was incorrect. Either one or two (I'm thinking two) of the contestants got the answer correct. I am 100% sure that the girl who ended up winning the show, and who happened to be a student at Stanford University (seems like an unfair advantage to me) got the question correct. Also, if I remember correctly, another student from a more central university (I'm thinking Indiana) got the question correct, while the third answered AltaVista.
Finally, in a note related to this story, but not to the Internet, the girl from Stanford also got an "unfair" advantage on another question, a daily double in the category "GODS", where it was immediately obvious that the religion discussed was her own.