The reasons the world is the way it is today are random and incomprehensible. An asteroid hits the Earth and paves the way for the mammals who evolved into humans. A butterfly flaps its wings in Southeast Asia and Hitler’s mom sleeps with the dude who has the evil sperm instead of the good sperm. A half inch the other way and Gordon Bombay would have missed completely.
No one knows why we are who we are today. Although one thing does make sense. Horny dudes wanted to masturbate to pictures of Jennifer Lopez’s revealing Oscars dress in 2000, so Google built Image Search to accommodate that surge of splooge.
Quartz has the story of why we now have a separate tab on the search engine giant.
So our co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin—like all other successful inventors—kept iterating. They started with images. After all, people wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.
They don’t say specifically who was searching, but, remember, this was before streaming pornography came about. So I think we all know the answer.
Who still thinks masturbation is a fruitless endeavor? Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Today, a bunch of dudes who love jerking it proved her right.