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Nan's polite internet search makes Google (and us) smile

A NAN has made Google "smile" after asking the search engine to "please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you". 

The BBC reports Ben John tweeted a pic of his 86-year-old grandmother May Ashworth's Google search after discovering it on her laptop.

"Omg opened my Nan's laptop and when she's googled something she's put 'please' and 'thank you'[sic]," he wrote on Twitter.

The tweet has been liked more than 37,000 times and retweeted 25,000 times, catching the attention of tech giant Google.

"Dearest Ben's Nan. Hope you're well. In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile. Oh, and it's 1998. Thank YOU," Google tweeted back.

Mr John said his nan took to Google after watching a television program that used Roman numerals to show the year it was made.

"She saw a TV show the other day but couldn't work out from the credits when it was made, so she put the numerals into Google," he said.

He said she thought that by being polite in her Google search the results would come back quicker.

"I asked my nan why she used 'please' and 'thank you' and it seemed she thinks that there is someone - a physical person - at Google's headquarters who looks after the searches," Mr John said.

 



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