The Google Generation
photograph by Bob Capazzo
I often wonder how we knew anything about anything before Google. The amount of information that we can access in literally seconds is mind-boggling. Want to know how many gallons of water are in the Atlantic Ocean? Can’t remember the name of the seventh dwarf? Curious as to how much Oprah is worth? Google it. (Answers: 17,543,940,979,332,434 gallons; probably Bashful, as he’s the most forgotten dwarf, according to several websites; $2.7 billion for this great American success story.)
Most of us agree that living in this age of instant knowledge makes us smarter—or at the very least seem smarter. But for those who lament the bygone days of flipping through gigantic volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica, take heart. Not everything can be learned using patented algorithms and web-crawling Googlebots (I swear it’s a term). And that is exactly why in this issue we bring you our second annual Insider’s Guide to Greenwich, a good old-fashioned compilation of little-known resources, fun ideas, quirky facts and great deals—all gathered using the totally unscientific, unpatented method of talking to our friends and family.
For months, writer Riann Smith has been picking up tidbits of information that you’d have a hard time finding through a simple Internet search. There’s a ton of good stuff here—how to use the gym at Equinox for free (#67), how to get Katy Perry to play at your next party (#48), where to buy a winning lottery ticket (#54) and lots more.
In fact, so much more that for a moment we got a little nervous that we may be tapped out of ideas for next year. Then we realized that in a town like this one, where there is always something new and different happening, we could never run out of ideas. That would kind of be like Google responding with “Beats me.”
P.S. If you have a fun idea for our 2014 Insider’s Guide, we would love to hear it. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.