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.
We 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…
In 1912, skull bone fragments with an odd jaw were discovered in England, leading scientists to believe they had discovered the missing link. How long did it take them to find out that the skull was a hoax and then publish the results?
YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):
Search [U.S. coin president facing right] to learn that it’s a penny. (Abraham Lincoln is the only president who faces to the right on a U.S. coin). Search [penny 1943] to find that due to a metal shortage during WWII, pennies were made from steel instead of copper. (Except for four copper pennies made by accident when the mold was left in the press.)