When you need to find information on the Internet you probably "Google it" right? You aren't the only one! Google processes more than 40,000 search requests every second. That's about 3.5 billion searches every day. The search giant is so huge these days that the word Google is synonymous with searching the Web. But, that almost wasn't the case. That's because originally, Google had a completely different name.
So, what was the world's most famous search engine called before Google? BackRub. That's right. Founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page used the named BackRub in 1996 before opting to change it to Google in 1998. I think they made a wise choice. Can you just imagine saying that you "BackRubbed" a person or topic to find out more?
Google's not alone when it comes to changing names. It's not even the only search engine to do it. Yahoo used to be called Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web after co-founder Jerry Yang.
Google and Yahoo are in good company. There are at least 18 other famous brands out there that started out with names you won't recognize.