Dispatch from the Google fringe

Weird and wacky stories involving the world's number-one search engine company.

A guy named Mike (no relation), who is getting married in July, found out there's a typo on his wedding invitations that would send attendees to a non-existent address. He was afraid of an empty church on his wedding day. So he asked the "Google Gods" to auto-correct the query so that when people type the typo address into Google Maps they get the right location. It's a heart-warming story until you hear the ending: Google said no.

The founder of a dating site that specializes in matchmaking between men who are younger than women has accused Google of sexism. Claudia Opdenkelder, founder of CougarLife.com (no, I'm not making this up), says Google lists her site as an adult Web site, while listing sites that match older men to younger women as "family safe."

Google lost at least two executives in its row with the Chinese government over censorship and industrial espionage. But now the company is hiring again in China. So much for leaving China.

A group of Google London employees had nothing better to do, so they created a Google logo out of 884 4-inch by 6-inch photographs. Click for video.

Google News offered up a political story by a reporter named "Jack Meoff." Clicking on the linked revealed the true author of the story: ABC News' Jake Tapper. At present, nobody seems to know who perpetrated this apparent prank.

Taking advantage of Google's principled stand against Chinese government censorship and possible industrial espionage, Facebook has recently hired several senior Google China engineers. Will they open up a Beijing branch? Nobody is saying.

Music Publisher Michael Sigman, writing for the Huffington Post, says "Google isn't (necessarily) making us stupid." Oh, that's a relief. Thanks, Michael!

Who says Google Earth is useless? Ecologist Jean Thie used the service to discover the world's largest beaver dam in a remote area of Canada. Unlike the Great Wall of China, the monster mega-dam can even be seen from space. Thie estimates that the dam took about 40 years and several generations of beavers to build.

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