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Google got its start in 1998. Do you remember life before Googling?

If you go to Google.com today and smell burnt candles, there is a good reason for that: The search engine is celebrating its 13th birthday today!

The information-organizing engineers of Mountain View, Calif., have been saving your butt, finding you images, and possibly encroaching on your privacy since 1998. Although Google’s exact date of birth is debatable (several dates in September could mark the occasion), Google has picked September 27, and an excuse to eat cake is good enough for us.

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