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Monday, May 3 12:00 AM EDT

Da Vinci Credited with Developing
First Search Engine

By Dan Barash

Florence, Italy - Historians have found convincing evidence that Leonardo da Vinci developed the first search engine. Recently uncovered Da Vinci diaries describe how he collaborated with his neighbor, Googlio, to enable a renaissance in searching.

GooglioThe diaries describe how da Vinci, who was always getting lost, shouted to his downstairs neighbor, "Hey Googlio, how the hell do I get to Rome?" Googlio returned the next day with a detailed map that highlighted taverns and brothels along the way. Da Vinci was impressed, especially since Googlio was an unemployed college dropout who spent most of his time writing his own name and adorning it with tiny pictures.

In another chapter, da Vinci recounts how he asked Googlio to find him "a babe with a mysterious and captivating smile." Googlio produced a list of women ranked by their standing in Florentine society. Googlio began working for da Vinci full time. Da Vinci supplemented his income by selling the contents of the genius' searches.

Googlio's popular searches were profitable for da Vinci, but did lead to some headaches. Many paint and canvas salespeople kept knocking on da Vinci's door. Da Vinci started to think that Googlio was too focused on money when his search about the Last Supper resulted in caterers stopping him on the street and offering assistance.

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After Domini's overcharged him for a pizza one Friday night, da Vinci wondered if Googlio could find the best prices in town. By this time Googlio was too busy with other searches, but suggested his brother, Frooglio, might be able to help. Frooglio determined that Piccolo Caesar's had the cheapest pizza in town.

Googlio started to pester da Vinci to take the operation public, insisting he knew wealthy businessmen who were willing to invest. However, by this time da Vinci was fed up with Googlio spreading the contents of his searches all over town. He had reached his limit and he swore he would never speak to Googlio again. Da Vinci's last diary entry on this matter reads, "I am finally rid of that annoying Googlio. Yahoo!"

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