Our good friends at Google run a daily puzzle challenge and asked us to help get them out to the geeky masses. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. Each morning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here.
As a test, we’re going to leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS!
Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience.
And now, without further ado, we give you…
Alligators have died out in Europe, giant predatory birds are dying out in South America, and a supernova has damaged the ozone layer. What epoch is it?
YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):
Search [Earth’s twin] to find that Venus is often called this. An Earth year is 365 days. Search [Venus year] and learn that its year is 224.7 days. Use Google to multiply [35 * 365] to learn that you’ve lived 12,775 Earth days. Divide 12,775 by 224.7 to discover your age on Venus: 56.86 years. But you’d look great for your age!