Your World This Week, Volume XVII

Published October 13, 2015
Updated October 12, 2015
Published October 13, 2015
Updated October 12, 2015

The College Student Who Recently Bought Google.com For $12

Google Domain Purchase Screenshot

A screenshot showing Sanmay Ved’s purchase of Google.com for $12.

Late last month, Sanmay Ved, a student at Massachusetts’ Babson College, bought Google.com for $12 per year. He’d been tracking the availability of Google-related domains when he saw that the most powerful website on earth was available for purchase. He made the purchase, his card was charged, and he was now owner of Google.com. However, Ved, upstanding citizen that he seems to be, quickly notified Google’s security team. About one minute later, the transaction was cancelled and Ved was no longer the owner.

As is their standard practice, the Google Security Rewards Program offered Ved a monetary reward for alerting Google to a vulnerability in their own system. When Ved insisted that the reward go to charity, Google doubled the reward for the charity. Read on and hear from Ved himself at The Huffington Post.

5 Events To Know About This Week

Three Blind Mice Sheet Music

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  • October 12, 1609: “Three Blind Mice” is published in London. It is believed to be the oldest printed secular song.
  • White House Original Sketch

    Architect James Hoban’s sketch of the White House design.

  • October 13, 1792: George Washinton lays the cornerstone for the White House–which was later burned by the British during the War of 1812, only to be rebuilt in the form we know today.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Bullet X Ray

    An x-ray of Roosevelt’s chest, showing the bullet inside. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

  • October 14, 1912: Former President Theodore Roosevelt is shot while giving a speech in Milwaukee. His life was saved by the papers in his breast pocket. Although wounded, he opted to finish his speech before seeking medical attention.
  • Julian Gregorian Calendars 1582

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  • October 15, 1582: The Gregorian Calendar (the one we currently use today) is adopted in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. The ten days of discrepancy between the new calendar and the old calendar are lost to history.
  • Baby Fae Mother

    Baby Fae with her mother.

  • October 16, 1984: Stephanie Fae Beauclair (better known as “Baby Fae”), born with a congenital heart defect rendering her own heart useless, receives an experimental heart transplant using a heart from a baboon. She lived for a month following the procedure.
  • John Kuroski
    John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.