Cool Google Trick

As I’m sure you already know, you can type this into a google search box:

time Minneapolis

and you can put lots of different words in there and get the time.

What you may not know is this. If you look at the page you get back, there is a little clock graphic next to the time. The time on the clock graphic is correct. Like this:




  1. #1 Pyre
    January 7, 2009

    Googling weather Minneapolis (or wherever) works too.

  2. #2 Barry
    January 7, 2009

    I didn’t know either the time or weather trick, and I thought I was OK at The Google!

    Never again must I search for “world clock” before placing an international call.

  3. #3 Paul Hutch
    January 7, 2009

    I did not know that, thanks for the tip.

    This will be much faster than using a world time website for figuring out when to place my next overseas call. I hate it when I go to call an overseas vendor or customer and after dialing realize I’m calling @ 2:00AM their time. Especially embarrassing when the overseas contact works from home and answers the phone with a sleepy voice.

  4. #4 Silver Fox
    January 7, 2009

    Way cool! And then you can copy the graphics you get if you want!

  5. #5 Lilian Nattel
    January 7, 2009

    Cool. I knew the time difference with China, but I could never remember whether it was forward or backward (even though I’ve been there 2x!).

  6. #6 Mikko
    January 7, 2009

    doesn’t work for Stockholm

  7. #7 Romeo Vitelli
    January 7, 2009

    There’s a London in Arkansas? I didn’t know that. Cool trick, though.

  8. #8 jj
    January 7, 2009

    My favorite google trick is it’s unit converter. I used to work in a brewing supply store, and we sold MANY different sized bottles, some in metric some in US standard volumes. Since people brew their beer in different sizes (although 5 gallons is the most common), they’d need to know how many cases of what size bottles they need to buy.
    Something like this:
    5 Gal to mL –> 18 927.0589
    18 927.0589/750 –> 11.9027452

    so the customer would need one case of 12 (750’s are usually sold in cases of 12) 750 mL bottles for 5 gallons of beer!

  9. #9 rpenner
    January 7, 2009

    On Google for:

    2G*earth mass/c^2 in angstroms

  10. #10 Pyre
    January 7, 2009
  11. #11 J-Dog
    January 7, 2009

    The time for London AK, should be 9:41 am. 1899.

  12. #12 Cannonball Jones
    January 8, 2009

    That is a very cool little touch. Sometimes I hate Google seeing as I work in internet marketing/SEO but they sure are handy. Been using the unit converter all the time since I started going to the gym, running, watching my diet, etc. Didn’t know how dependent we were on it in my office till for some reason it went down yesterday and a colleague realised he didn’t know how to check word spelling without it…

  13. #13 Heinz P
    January 8, 2009

    Google truly is one of the most clever companies out there. Google will rule the world someday.

  14. #14 Frasque
    January 8, 2009

    Have you ever googled “directions from New York to Paris”?

  15. #15 Greg Laden
    January 8, 2009

    I wouldn’t have started from Long Warf. I would have driven around to Hingham and taken off from there. Better currents, less pollution.

  16. #16 speedwell
    January 8, 2009

    Thanks, Greg. I have to teach a seven-hour class via webmeeting to a group in Singapore Monday (THEIR Monday) and I need to keep track of the time continually so I can let them have breaks, go to lunch, etc. This will help a lot.

  17. #17 WRMartin
    January 8, 2009

    Google can do some wonderful things via SMS on your cell phone too. Send this:
    time london
    466543 (spells GOOGLE)
    and you get back the current date and time of London.

    Enter a 3-digit US area code and it will tell you the location. Ditto for US Zip codes. Send ‘sushi London’ to 466543 and see what you get back.

    It will do arithmetic, driving directions, units conversions, etc. too.
    See here for more info:

  18. #18 Paul
    January 20, 2009

    The post from ‘jj’, above, is inaccurate. I believe he inadvertently divided 8927.0589 by 750 instead of 18927.0859 as it would take approximately 25 750ml bottles to bottle 5 gallons of beer. I only know as I am in the process of buying 750ml Belgian style bottles for some Lambics I’ve made. NBD

  19. #19 asroni
    December 3, 2009

    i was “googling” with this trick, but i cant find what my keyword, please help me about it, thanks….
    Replay @ my home page please….