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You Can Thank Jennifer Lopez For Google Image Search


Jennifer Lopez is many things—actress, singer, possible vampire who never ages, and American Idol judge, to name a few. One thing she's not as commonly known for? Sparking the creation of Google Image Search. For real.

In an article on Project Syndicate, Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google, reveals that JLo and her infamous 2000 Grammys Versace dress are the reason we can type a name into the search bar and look at countless photo results without having to deal with the ocular burden known as "text."

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He writes of the dress, "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." Fun fact: The dress is also one of the few specific articles of clothing to have its own Wikipedia page.

So, thank you Google, thank you Versace, and, most importantly, thank you Jennifer Lopez.