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October 1st, 2008, 03:07 PM
Now that we're a decade old, we figured we're long overdue for some spring cleaning. We started digging around our basement and found all kinds of junk: old Swedish fish (http://www.google.com/tenthbirthday/#1999-fish-food), pigeon poop (http://www.google.com/tenthbirthday/#2002-birdbrains), Klingon (http://www.google.com/tenthbirthday/#2002-tlhingan-majqa) translation books. Amazingly enough, hidden in a corner beneath Larry's and Sergey's original lab coats, we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001. "iPod (http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=ipod)" did not refer to a music player, "youtub (http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=youtube)e" was nonsense, and if you were looking for "Michael Phelps (http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=Michael+Phelps)," chances are you meant the scientist, not the swimmer. "Wikipedia (http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=Wikipedia)" was brand new. Remember "hanging chads (http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=hanging+chads)"? (And speaking of that election-specific reference -- if you're a U.S. citizen, it's not too late: please register to vote (http://www.rockthevote.org/).)

We had so much fun searching that we wanted to put this old index online for everyone to play with. We thought it'd be even cooler if we could actually see the full versions of the old web pages, so we worked with the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/index.php) to link to their cache of these pages from 2001. Step into the time machine and try a 2001 Google search (http://www.google.com/search2001.html).

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Tsar Phalanxia
October 3rd, 2008, 08:59 AM
Dugg for HAL Reference.
Oh wait, this isn't Digg. But you know what I mean.

October 3rd, 2008, 12:47 PM
upvote it on reddit bish!

...wait, this isn't reddit.