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Contributed by Dan Thompson
17 surprising things you didn’t know you could do with Google
You probably spend a considerable chunk of your day typing things into
leading search engine is pretty efficient at answering the billions of
queries-from basic to complex to completely inane
receives every day. Google’s search function has evolved in recent years to
make more advanced and customized types of information available at your
Here are just some of the things that you probably didn’t know you could
1) The cheapest airfare from all the major travel booking websites at once.
Google Flights, the search engine’s built-in flight tracking application,
gives the major travel websites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Kayak a run for
their money. Simply type in “Flights from x to y”, and you’ll be on your
Google Flights will show you the cheapest fares from all the major flight
booking engines, browse current prices by months, and show you the cheapest
times and places to fly based on your destination.
If you have your heart set on a certain destination, Google Flights will
track fares for you. You can sign-up to get alerts for when prices to your
selected routes fall.
2) The current Olympics medal tally by country
custom page for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
has a wealth of information. You can keep track of how many medals each
nation is winning, get an overview of each sport, an exhaustive schedule of
events (both televised and non-), as well as an overview of athletes by
sport and country.
3) The scores and schedules of any professional sport
“football,” or even “cricket,” and you’ll get the latest scores and schedule
for any major sport
4) The exact time anywhere in the world
What time is it in Zurich
anywhere in the world.
5) The location of your nearest Starbucks, mall, movie theater, and more
Need a caffeine fix or low on gas? You can easily find the nearest Starbucks
Walmart, florist, bookstore, etc., by simply Googling “nearest” followed by
the thing you need.
6) Your public IP address
Need to know your public IP address
7) How to register to vote in your state
States have different deadlines, requirements for ID, and rules for online,
mail-in, and in-person voter registration. Google “register to vote
for the 2016 Presidental election.
8) Calorie counts for virtually any food
If you’re watching your weight, counting calories can easily amount to a
chore. While packaged foods have easy to find nutrition labels, it can be
trickier to estimate calories in restaurant foods or even homemade foods.
Google can give you calorie and nutritional estimates for virtually any
food. Find out how many grams of protein, sugar, and fats you can expect in
your next meal.
9) Exchange rates for any currency
This trick is especially helpful when you’re traveling
followed by the amount in the currency you wish to convert. You can also see
a graph of trends in exchange rates. This method works for other currencies
as well by replacing the term “dollar.”
10) Cooking measurements conversions
Are you scaling up your mother’s famous recipe for chocolate chip cookies?
Have you drawn a blank at how many cups are in a pint? (It’s two.) Simply
type out the measurements you want to convert, and Google does the rest.
Left your TI-85 at home and still have to do your trigonometry homework?
Yes, your Google search bar can perform basic and advanced mathematical
functions. This includes trigonometric functions, logarithms, exponential
functions, and combinations.
12) Convert length, mass, volume, area, mass, time, electricity, energy, and
You can perform some funky conversions with Google. Need to find out how
many kilojoules are in one British thermal unit? Google has you covered.
13) The translation of any phrase in another language
You can access Google Translate
14) Set a timer
Whether you need a stopwatch for your workouts or a timer for baking, Google
has a built-in timer.
15) Split a bill and calculate tip
You know the drill. You have Friday night dinner plans with two other
friends. Then Andrea brings her boyfriend, Steve, who also brings his buddy
Nick and his roommate whose name you don’t remember, and before you know it,
you’re dining with 19 other people, all of whom stare blankly at the
exorbitant bill at the end of the night. For times like this, Google’s tip
calculator comes in handy. Just Google “tip calculator” and type in the
dollar amount of your bill, the percent you wish to tip (it’s usually 18
percent for large groups), and the number of people you’re dining with.
16) Is Trump or Clinton winning?
Is Donald Trump
polls? Google parses out the most recent Election 2016
17) Identify random plants, trees, paintings